Some very expensive sneakers are going up for auction at Sotheby's
And I mean truly, mind-baffling expensive
I'm a sneakerhead. If I had cash to splash, which I don't, I'd fill up the big house I don't have with three things: watches, sneakers and collectible liquor bottles. Mind you, I'd have to break out my wallet and it should be an extremely fat wallet to make sure I could afford to bid for the sneakers you see here, scheduled to be auctioned on September 30 through Sotheby's.
Dunk Low Pro SB 'NYC Pigeon'
We begin with the NYC Pigeon Nike Dunk Low Pro SB, sometimes also referred to as the "sneaker which started it all", which is actually a rather strong title and quite a burden to bear but I guess it could be true. The sneaker was released in 2005, only 150 pairs were made, and the actual launch made headlines because thousands of people lined up in front of the Reed Space store in Manhattan and 20 people were arrested as a result chaos that occurred. The New York Post published the story under the headline 'Sneaker Riot!'. The crazy thing about these sneakers, apart from the story and the price, is that they were inspired by... New York's pigeons. Amazing. Est. $25,000-30,000.
Dunk High Pro SB 'Futura Flom'
These sneakers are actually even more rare as Nike only made 24 pairs. They were designed by American graffiti artist Leonard Hilton McGurr - known as Futura or Futura 2000 – and inspired by his favourite film '2001 : A Space Odyssey. They were released in 2005 and only 3 pairs were made available for the general public because the other 21 pairs were gifted by the artist to friends and family. Apparently, Travis Scott owns a pair. When the model first came out Futura 2000 called it the FLOM, which stands for 'For Love of Money'. Perhaps not the most noble title but certainly a fitting one because these sneakers are expected to fetch $50,000-60,000.
Dunk Low Pro SB 'Paris'
This particular example is actually a production sample for the Dunk Low Pro SB Paris model, created in 2003 during Nike's White Dunk Exhibition. Over 200 different editions were made and, well, this is one for Paris. It features Rope/Cardinal colours representing the Capital of France and also features a clown and a ballerina. Est. $70,000-80,000.
Dunk Low SB 'Katsuya Terada'
This particular pair is not part of the auction but I thought I'd still bring it up because this version, designed by Japanese illustrator Katsuya Terada, was also created for the White Dunk Exhibition. Only 12 pairs were made.
Sneakers are constantly being sold, traded and bought at astounding prices. Nikes are particularly sought after in general and even more so when we're talking Jordan, both the brand and the NBA star. In June 2020, Sotheby’s set a new record when Michael Jordan’s Game-Worn, and autographed, 1985 Nike Air Jordan 1s sold for $560,000.