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Michael Jordan’s ‘flu game’ shoes sell for record $104K at auction

Dec 12, 2013, 9:42 AM EDT


The shoes worn by Michael Jordan in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals — the legendary “flu game” — have sold for a record price at auction.

The red and black Jordan 12s went for an astonishing $104,765, shattering the previous high paid for a pair of game-worn shoes in any sport. has the details:

The shoes, brought to the market by Grey Flannel Auctions and consigned by former Utah Jazz ballboy Preston Truman, were worn by Jordan during Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals in which Jordan scored 38 points for the Chicago Bulls despite laboring up and down the court from feeling sick that day.

The identity of the winning bidder was not immediately made public, but the amount paid blew away the previous record paid for a pair of game-used shoes, which were also worn by Jordan. A collector paid $31,070 just last month for a pair of that Jordan wore in his rookie season.

Truman was able to secure the shoes, after developing a relationship with Jordan, which started when he says he one day fetched Jordan’s traditional pregame applesauce during the 1996-97 season.

Truman later told his story from that famous night in greater detail, which included the part about Jordan not having the flu at all, but instead being victimized by a bout of food poisoning.

Jordan’s trainer, Tim Grover, said the same thing in his recent book. But that doesn’t make Jordan’s performance while physically ill any less iconic, thus making the shoes one of the more important pieces of NBA memorabilia.

  1. azarkhan - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    There’s a sucker born every minute.

    • 1historian - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      It’s gotta be more than one a minute now – you can’t make this stuff up.

      How long will it be until Miley Cyrus’ underwear from that night on TV goes up on sale?

      Am I kidding? Yes, but it wouldn’t surprise me a bit.

      • fanofevilempire - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:08 AM

        are they washed, that could effect the sale price, good luck.

  2. fanofevilempire - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    a new pair of Air Jordan 12 Taxi is $2-300.00 dollars, better deal.

  3. asimonetti88 - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    With $104,765 you could buy a GT500, load it up with a Naim audio system and still have enough money left over to buy the second most expensive shoes ever.

    Or you could buy this one pair.


  4. patsfan92 - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    idc how rich a person is. only a moron would pay over 100k for a pair of worn shoes, Jordan or not.

  5. ravenswhat - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    I have the flu right now. Trust me, mj wasn’t playing that night if he truly had the flu. That junk is no joke.

  6. jollyjoker2 - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    I would like to say the person that bought these for 104 k was an idiot…but….there seems to be a lot of them out there so it just shows another reason why I am not rich…kind of like facebook stock.

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