Sotheby’s Announces Nike Air Force 1 40th Anniversary Collection
Let Sotheby’s get its hands on 40 Grail-worthy Nike Air Force 1s for the shoe’s 40th anniversary.
The New York-based auction house – home to sought-after luxury pieces, great art, and even the most sought-after sneakers – recently unveiled its “40 for 40” collection of Nike Air Force 1 sneakers.
Playing off the name of the collection, Sotheby’s has essentially rounded up 40 of Nike’s most coveted and perhaps most expensive Air Force 1 sneakers, celebrating the model’s anniversary and its groundbreaking impact on sneaker culture.
So what does Sotheby’s “40 for 40” look like? Well, that doesn’t include MSCHF’s Super Normal Sneaker, that’s for sure. But, it is indeed an Air Force 1 aficionado’s paradise.
The pristine white 40/40 Club shoes by Jay-Z, the HTM ’07 faux croc sneakers by Nike and fragment, the elephant print kicks by Questlove and the sneakers by LeBron James Saturday Night Live swatches are just a few of the holy grail sneakers that greet you as you scroll through the Sotheby’s collection.
A number of Terror Squad AF1 kicks from Fat Joe accompany the offering, including a unique autographed pair signed by the CEO of the defunct record label himself.
The collection also carries the Nike AF1 Georges Surroundings sample – a rare find that also appeared at Sotheby’s Surroundings collection in November 2021.
Sotheby’s is revisiting Virgil Abloh’s Louis Vuitton x Nike Air Force 1s, giving eager bidders another chance to score the coveted shoes after the $23.5 million success in February.
After peaking with a 6-figure bid earlier this year, it’s no surprise that the latest auction is already hosting 61 bids, the highest at $110,000.
Signed Off-White “University Gold” and examples of AF1 University Blue are also on the auction block. And just like the Louis Vuitton iterations and pretty much the rest of the collection, they aren’t cheap either (for reference: “University Gold” kicks are $26,000 as we speak).
Sotheby’s “40 for $40” collection – available on the Sotheby’s website – does not go below $1,000 for a starting bid, which is essentially loose change for big spenders.
Ouch, I know. But don’t worry, the auction space is also hosting a “40 for 40” exhibit at Sothebys New York through June 14, welcoming those who weren’t planning on dropping thousands of sneakers on your wishlist this month.
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