Michael Jordan’s “flu game” shoes sell for over $100,000 at auction

jordan-flu-shoesMichael Jordan’s shoes that he wore during the infamous “flu game” of the 1997 NBA finals, have been sold for $104,765 at auction Thursday morning, NY Daily News reported.

Gray Flannel Auctions handled the sale, which blew away the previous high paid for a pair of game-used Jordans; a pair from his rookie season went for $31,070 last month, ESPN reported.

Jordan’s “flu game” shoes were kept away for 16 years by the former Utah Jazz ballboy Preston Truman, who got them from Jordan directly.

Truman told ESPN that he went years without giving them a thought or even looking at them, which is why he didn’t have a hard time saying goodbye.

As for how he got his hands on them, Preston said before the auction that he had earned Jordan’s trust by securing his pregame meal of applesauce and graham crackers earlier in the season, and when Jordan’s Bulls visited the Delta Center that night for Game 5 of the Finals, Preston — who had the odd food pairing waiting for M.J. — worked up the nerve to ask Jordan if he could have his shoes after the game.

Jordan, who wore a new pair of sneakers for every game during his career, obliged and even stopped the Bulls’ equipment manager from packing them away after he scored 38 points and led Chicago to a 90-88 win and a 3-2 advantage in the series.

Once he was dressed, Jordan signed the shoes for Preston and handed them over.

“I think my photo that Jordan’s bodyguard took with me standing there (as he signed them) drove up the price because buyers didn’t have to worry if they were real,” Truman told ESPN.com, adding that he also has a pair of game-used Jordans from the 1998 Finals, but has no immediate plans to sell them.

Truman had the “flu game” shoes appraised about five years ago and told ESPN that Christie’s gave him a figure of $5,000, leading him to put them back in the safety deposit box until now.


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