Michael Jordan's 'Flu Game' shoes achieve $105,000


The shoes worn by Michael Jordan during his iconic "Flu Game" have achieved $104,795 at Grey Flannel Auctions' December 11 sale.

The lot smashed the $31,000 record for a pair of game-worn shoes, set last month for a pair of Nike Air Jordans worn by Jordan in his first NBA season.

The game took place on June 11, 1997, when the Chicago Bulls faced off against Utah Jazz in game five of the NBA finals.

Jordan Flu Game 1997
Jordan gave the trainers to a Utah Jazz ballboy following the game

Jordan stepped on to the court with a high fever, but went on to play one of the best games of his career - scoring 38 points, seven rebounds and five assists to claim victory for the Bulls by just two points.

Jordan signed the shoes after the match and presented them to a Utah Jazz ballboy whom he had befriended over the course of the season. That ballboy kept them for 16 years before consigning them to the sale.

A NY Yankees world championship player's ring presented to Sam Byrd in 1932 sold for $65,048.

It reads "NEW YORK YANKEES WORLD CHAMPIONS" and features a central 0.66 carat diamond, while the inside of the ring is engraved "Samuel Bird".

The rings were first presented to players on the winning team of the world championship after 1922, a tradition that has continued to the present day.

They are popular items of sporting memorabilia, and can realise significant sums at auction. In 2007, a ring presented to Casey Stengel following the 1951 World Series made $180,000 at Sotheby's New York.

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