Nike’s Most Expensive Sneakers Are Going Under the Hammer at Sotheby’s

Every week there’s always a new record-breaking auction, or a ludicrous amount of money being dropped on a piece of memorabilia that makes the empty void in our wallets feel even more noticeable. Well, thanks to Sotheby’s, this week is no different. Eight pairs of Nike’s most expensive shoes are going under the hammer at the upcoming “Cult Canvas” auction. Expected to go for tens of thousands of dollars, these eight ultra-rare kicks may be the pinnacle of sneaker culture.

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Somebody better call up 2 Chainz and the crew over at Vice TV’s Most Expensivest YouTube series because these sneakers are likely to break some of those records when they go up for auction on 29 September. Taking place at the “Cult Canvas” auction, Sotheby’s is celebrating sneakers in all their glory with eight one of a kind kicks from Nike.

This “highly curated and extremely selective grouping” of shoes include the personal touch from artists like Futura 2000, Jeff Staple, French Expressionist Bernard Buffet and plenty more. Describing them as “some of the most important artist-created sneakers and designs to be released in Nike’s history,” Sotheby’s director of eCommerce development, Brahm Wachter revealed they’re “trying an exciting new format for sneakers in this auction, naming the artists behind the designs first followed by the particular model.”

“Several of the items here are among the most coveted releases by Nike. Many of the artists, like Futura, have strong legacies in the art world. Futura belongs to a prestigious group of artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Dondi White, all of whom came out of New York City in the 80s and exhibited at The Fun Gallery.”

Including the shoe that supposedly declared the birth of sneaker culture by Jeff Ng, ‘Jeff Staple’ of Staple Design, Sotheby’s will display the ‘NYC Pigeon’ Nike Dunk Low Pro SB, a shoe with an estimated value between USD$25,000-30,000.

With each shoe possessing “historical and cultural significance, rarity, and aesthetic appeal,” founder and Chief Curator of Applied Arts, Ryan Chang labels these sneakers as “art objects created by some of the most prominent figures in the category”.

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SOLE SEARCHING ?Sotheby’s drops its first ever sale of ultra-rare artist-designed Nike Sneakers. Celebrating the cross section between art and fashion, illustration and design, and sport and culture, ‘Cult Canvas’ brings together eight one-off limited edition pairs and production samples that have come to define @nike’s revered history. ? Swipe along to see the sneaker which started it all: the “NYC Pigeon” Nike Dunk Low by @jeffstaple. When the shoe first dropped in 2005, it single-handily caused a frenzy and ultimately gave birth to the modern phenomena of sneaker hype. We’re excited to partner with @applied.arts.nyc for this hallmark auction. ? Open for bidding until 30 September, click the link in bio to browse the full catalogue.? #Sneakers #Nike #SothebysSneakers

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