“The most valuable sneakers ever offered at auction – Michael Jordan’s regular season game-worn Nike Air Ships from 1984 – have just sold at $1,472,000 in our luxury sale in Las Vegas,” auction house Sotheby’s said.

It’s the highest ever paid for game-worn footwear from any sport, although they are not the most expensive trainers ever sold.

Jordan is seen by many as the best player in the history of basketball, who spent most of his career with the Chicago Bulls, became a global icon and helped raise the NBA’s profile around the world.

This record-breaking result for the Jordan Nike Air Ships affirms the place of Michael Jordan and the Air Jordan franchise at the pinnacle of the sneaker market.

The sneakers that went under the hammer on Sunday predate the first Air Jordans, the now-classic line that quickly morphed from popular basketball gear to sought-after streetwear worldwide.