A pair of Zion Williamson’s game-worn sneakers just sold for $19,680 at auction. Williamson wowed the basketball world with his Duke University performances in his freshman season and dominated headlines a few months ago by tearing through a pair of Nike PG 2.5s on-court, and the insane amount paid for these shoes is just the latest feather in the cap of a player who has yet to start an official NBA game.
The pair in question was auctioned via Goldin Auctions and was subject to nine bids before the final bid of $19,680, including buyer’s premium. According to the letter of authentication, Williamson wore the shoes during Duke’s 90-64 victory over San Diego State in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational game on November 19, 2018.
Williamson put up 13 points and grabbed six rebounds in what was his fourth career college basketball game. The shoes are size 15 Nike Kyrie 5s in black with white and Duke blue detailing. Head to the auction listing here for more information about the pair.
While the price paid by the buyer is high, early-career sneakers worn by Michael Jordan have fetched as much as $190,000 at auction decades after His Airness played in them.
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Last month, Williamson signed what some publications are describing as the richest rookie endorsement contract of all time, signing with Nike’s Jordan Brand over other suitors believed to include Nike’s main basketball line, adidas, and Li-Ning. Williamson was drafted by the New Orleans Pelicans as first pick in the 2019 NBA Draft in June.
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