by Brandon Richard

It's said that owning a piece of history is priceless, but auction houses like Heritage and SCP exist to put history into the hands of collectors for a fee. Some of most consistent big sellers obtained by these auctioneers are game-worn sneakers, which can fetch a pretty penny from the right buyer.

Recently, Footwear News took a closer look at Heritage and SCP's closings and found a surprising amount of pairs that sold for $10,000 or more. Most are said to have belonged to Michael Jordan, but there are pairs from LeBron James, Larry Bird, Dr. J, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and even Muhammad Ali in the mix.

Perhaps they should have factored Grey Flannel into the equation — the auctioneer is responsible for some of the most expensive sneaker closings of all-time, including Michael Jordan's $104,765 Air Jordan 12s from the "Flu Game."

Read on for a rundown of 11 pairs of game-worn shoes that commanded big bucks on the auction block, courtesy of Footwear News.

11. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Worn by Julius Erving

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star worn by Julius Erving

Price: $10,025
Auctioneer: SCP Auctions


10. adidas Low-Top Worn by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

adidas Low-Top Worn By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Price: $10,157
Auctioneer: Heritage Auctions


9. Air Jordan 1 Worn by Michael Jordan

Air Jordan 1 Bred Worn by Michael Jordan

Price: $11,956
Auctioneer: SCP Auctions


8. adidas Boxing Boot Worn by Muhammad Ali

adidas Boxing Boots Worn by Muhammad Ali

Price: $13,045
Auctioneer: SCP Auctions


7. Air Jordan 1 Worn by Michael Jordan

Air Jordan 1 Bulls Worn by Michael Jordan

Price: $14,700
Auctioneer: SCP Auctions


6. Air Jordan 11 "Concord" Worn by Michael Jordan

Air Jordan XI 11 Concord Worn by Michael Jordan

Price: $15,052
Auctioneer: SCP Auctions


5. Converse Weapon Worn by Larry Bird

Converse Weapon Worn by Larry Bird

Price: $18,678
Auctioneer: SCP Auctions


4. Air Jordan 12 "Taxi" Worn by Michael Jordan

Air Jordan 12 'Taxi' Worn by Michael Jordan

Price: $20,315
Auctioneer: Heritage Auctions


3. Air Jordan 7 "Olympic" Worn by Michael Jordan

Air Jordan 7 Olympic Worn by Michael Jordan

Price: $23,900
Auctioneer: Heritage Auctions


2. Nike LeBron 10 Worn by LeBron James

Nike LeBron 10 Newtown Worn by LeBron James

Price: $27,584
Auctioneer: SCP Auctions


1. Nike Air Ship Worn by Michael Jordan

Nike Air Ship Worn by Michael Jordan

Price: $71,554
Auctioneer: SCP Auctions