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The most expensive sneakers ever sold at auction

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The most expensive sneakers ever sold at auction

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.Sneakers can be extremely valuable, and no one knows that better than "sneakerheads." The closets of some of the most prominent sneakerheads can be as mindbogglingly expensive as those of Birkin bag collectors.Today, many collectors can find shoes on the resale market, which had an estimated worth of

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$2 billion dollars in 2019,according to Business Insider's Dennis Green. But at auction, individual pairs of sneakers can be even pricier.The value of a given pair of sneakers is often tied to the history behind them. Shoes worn by Michael Jordan, for example, tell the story of his basketball career and serve as snapshots in time. Other shoes are valuable because of how rare they are; one example is the

, which has fewer than 200 pairs in existence. Recently, Business Insider' Shoshy Ciment reported that a pair ofsold for over a half a million dollars, making them the most expensive sneakers ever auctioned.Business Insider teamed up with the

to see what other sneakers broke auction records. Here they are, listed from least to most expensive.2013: Nike Air Jordan 12 ($104,765)Grey FlannelIn December 2013, a pair of Michael Jordan's Nike Air Jordan 12 basketball shoes were sold by a former ball boy, who was given the shoes by Jordan himself after his 1997 "

flu game," so called because Jordan was very sick while playing but still ended up scoring 38 points.The shoes, a size 13, were worn and signed by Jordan, who was playing for the Chicago Bulls at the time. They sold for $104,765 to an unidentified buyer.

Source:2016: Nike Mag self-lacing trainers ($200,000)Sotheby'sIn November 2016, the Michael J. Fox Foundation sold a pair of Nike Mag self-lacing trainers, which were inspired by the sneakers seen in the 1989 film "Back to the Future Part II." The shoes sold for $200,000.

Source:Sole Collector2019: Nike Waffle Racing Flat "Moon Shoe" ($437,500)The Nike "Moon Shoe" a handmade running shoe designed by Nike co-founder and legendary Oregon University track coach Bill BowermanReuters1972 Nike Waffle Racing Flat

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"Moon Shoe" sneakers for $437,5000. The shoes were unworn, and were handmade by Bill Bowerman, Nike's cofounder.The buyer was entrepreneur Miles Spencer Nadal, who said he plans to display the sneakers in his Dare to Dream Automobile Museum, located in Toronto, Canada.

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