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Unique "Michael Jordan's" Restaurant Prototype Leather Basketball Briefcase - Possibly One of a Kind!

Lot Number 1343

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Please note: The pebble-grained leather surface exactly matches that of an actual basketball.

 

Chicagoans (and any Bulls-loving tourist who visited the Windy City between 1993 and 1999) will easily remember the 3-story brick building with the 25-foot-high basketball on the roof. Michael Jordan's Restaurant was a packed-house phenomenon that ultimately fizzled after a public feud between MJ and owners Gene and Joseph Silverberg. According to our consignor, this basketball-leather briefcase was a prototype produced near the end and thus never actually manufactured for mass consumption in the gift shop. It measures 18x14x4, rates EX-MT and features the distinctive restaurant brand. More on our website.

ESPNChicago.com once described the restaurant's influence with these words: "The mid-1990s saw the peak of Michael Jordan's popularity in Chicago and at no address was that more evident than 500 N. LaSalle, the home of Michael Jordan's Restaurant. Here, fans would wait hours for the opportunity to eat uninspiring bar food with the hope that maybe -- just maybe -- they could catch a glimpse of the man himself. For any out-of-towner, a meal at Jordan's was right up there with a trip to the top of the Sears Tower. It was the place Bulls fans would flock to celebrate another NBA championship and the place where they would lay flowers when James Jordan was found dead in 1993."



 
 
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