Sotheby’s is best known for auctioning rare pieces of art, but it recognizes that the world is changing and items such as sneakers, NFTs, sports memorabilia and watches are becoming just as collectible, if not more coveted, than ever before. Following on from its exclusive sale of the Louis Vuitton x
Celebrating 20 years of the Nike SB sub-brand, Sotheby’s brings together a sneakerheads paradise that comprises some of the most sought-after and industry-defining sneakers ever made. From Jeff Staple’s “Pigeon” SB Dunk from 2005 that invented sneaker pandemonium to the unfathomably rare “Paris” SB Dunk, which also happen to be a promo sample in this case, Sotheby’s has pretty much brought together every Dunk worth its weight.
While the “Paris” pair is estimated to sell for the most — specifically from $76,541 USD to $95,677 USD — Sotheby’s is particularly fond of the “Nike SB Dunk High Pro “FLOM” with Signed Box and Skateboard Deck” lot, which is estimated to sell for up to $90,000 USD. Only 24 exist in the world and each was made by Futura, featuring the “For Love or Money” acronym “FLOM” prominently on the shoe and deck. Sotheby’s previously sold a “FLOM” for a then-record-breaking $63,000 USD.
Other big-ticket items include the Concepts x Nike SB Dunk “Yellow Lobster,” the “Freddy Krueger” SB Dunk, a pair of Londons, and a pair of Supreme “Black Cement” Dunks. However, it’s not all incredibly rare Dunks, as Sotheby’s also brings the Nike SB Blazer Premium “Milk Carton” and the Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski Michael Lau “10th Gardener.”
Take a look at a selection from the Sotheby’s “Nike SB | 20 Years” auction above, and head over to its website where the auction will run until April 25.
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