100 of the Worlds Rarest Sneakers Are Up for Auction

first_img Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KRare, ‘Legendary’ 1894 Dime Could Fetch More Than $1 Million… Sneakerheads might want to get their credit cards out. In the first-ever auction of its kind, Sotheby’s and Stadium Goods have partnered to offer the “Ultimate Sneaker Collection” — 100 of the world’s rarest sneakers — up for sale in an online-only auction.The collection includes sneakers that have attained “grail” status, limited-edition designs by leading fine artists and musicians, and even “genre-disrupting” collaborations from the greatest athletes of all time, according to Sotheby’s.This 2002 release of the Nike SB Dunk Low with artwork by French painter Bernard Buffet is one of the most sought-after sneakers of all time. (Photo Credit: Stadium Goods)“From the Paris Nike SB Low Dunks featuring designs by Bernard Buffet to the Nike Moon Shoe originally hand made by Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman, the sale offers a range of rare, highly-coveted collectible sneakers bringing together art, culture and fashion,” Noah Wunsch, Sotheby’s Global Head of eCommerce, said in a statement.Some of the most notable models include the 2011 and 2016 versions of the Nike Air Mag, the once-fictional sneaker worn by Marty McFly in Back to the Future Part 2. Nike released only 26 pairs of the 2016 self-lacing version, and like the 2011 version, benefited the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Due to the power-lacing feature and extreme rarity, a size 11 pair up for auction is estimated to sell for up to $70,000.Nike, Nike Mag, Back to the Future 2016. (Photo Credit: Stadium Goods)Fiver pairs  of the Travis Scott x Air Jordan 4 “Friends & Family” sneakers, including in the ultra-rare purple suede colorway, are also up for auction. The shoes were only produced in a very limited run for friends and family (including Kylie Jenner) of the famous rapper and Jordan Brand collaborator. They are estimated to fetch up to $60,000.Air Jordan 4 Retro, Travis Scott. (Photo Credit: Stadium Goods)The Chanel x Pharrell x Adidas NMD Hu TR – 1-of-1 for Karl Lagerfeld is also one of the most coveted models in the collection. Pharrell’s collaboration the fashion house was released only at a special Chanel pop-up shop at Colette in Paris in extremely limited quantities, but this shoe is even more special. It features a modified design that replaces “Chanel” across the top of the right shoe with “Karl” and was given exclusively to Karl Lagerfeld as a gift from Pharrell. This “Karl” edition is thought to be the only pair in existence. The size 9.5 pair is expected to fetch up to $50,000.Chanel x Pharrell x Adidas NMD Hu TR – 1-of-1 for Karl Lagerfeld. (Photo Credit: Stadium Goods)But perhaps the most exclusive pair in the collection is the handmade Nike “Moon Shoe,” created by Nike co-founder, famed Olympic team, and University of Oregon running coach Bill Bowerman. He created just 12 pairs of the shoes for U.S. runners at the 1972 Olympic trials.As the famous story goes, Bowerman was first inspired to create the innovative waffle sole traction pattern found on the brand’s early running shoes by tinkering with his wife’s waffle iron, pouring rubber into the mold to create the first prototype of the sole. The finished design of the traction pattern created better grip and cushion than most running shoes of the time, and the waffle sole was Nike’s first major innovation as a brand. The “Moon Shoe” got its name from the resemblance between the impression that the waffle pattern left in dirt and the famous tracks left on the moon by astronauts in 1969. (By coincidence, the 50th anniversary of the moon landing takes place while this auction is live, on July 20th.)Nike Waffle Racing Flat, Moon Shoe. (Photo Credit: Stadium Goods)This Nike Moon Shie pair was hand-cobbled by one of Nike’s first employees, Geoff Hollister. The pair (in size 12.5) does not say “Nike” anywhere inside or outside the design, with only the side Swooshes designating them as a Nike shoe. This is the only pair known to exist in unworn, deadstock condition. It’s estimated to fetch up to $160,000.Other rare sneakers up for auction include the Nike Air Force 1 produced to promote Jay-Z’s album “The Blueprint 2” in 2003; the Eminem x Carhartt x Air Jordan 4; the Air Jordan 11 Jeter produced to commemorate baseball great Derek Jeter’s retirement; the DJ Khaled x Air Jordan  “Friends & Family” and the Off-White x Air Jordan 1 by Virgil Abloh.Sotheby’s and Stadium Goods’ “Ultimate Sneaker Collection” auction is now open for bids and will remain active until July 23. The sneakers are also on display for the public at the Sotheby’s in New York.More on Geek.comBest Shoes of 2019 (So Far) for Sneaker GeeksNike’s Newest Air Max 97 Is Inspired By the Nintendo 64Adidas Unveils New ‘Spider-Man’ Basketball Sneaker Stay on targetlast_img read more