Sotheby’s Louis Vuitton x Nike Auction Fetches $25.3 Million

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The Louis Vuitton x Nike “Air Force 1” sneakers by Virgil Abloh collected an eye-watering $25 million at Sotheby’s

The Sotheby’s auction of Louis Vuitton x Nike “Air Force 1” sneakers designed by Virgil Abloh has closed with a record-breaking $25.3 million generated. Approximately $20 million in profits will be donated to The Virgil Abloh™ “Post-Modern” Scholarship Fund.

The auction took place from 26 January to 8 February and saw over 10,000 total bids, of which two thirds came from sneakerheads under 40 years of age. Unsurprisingly, the Louis Vuitton x Nike auction is the most valuable charitable sale at Sotheby’s in nearly a decade and broke the record for the most bids in the opening day of any online sale.

Two hundred pairs of sneakers – in an array of sizes – were auctioned off alongside a bright-orange pilot case. Estimated to sell at $15,000 a pair with bids beginning at just $2,000, each pair gathered roughly $100,000 with the highest bid coming in at $352,000.

The sneakers were created for Louis Vuitton’s Men Spring/Summer 2022 collection to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Nike Air Force 1. Virgil Abloh regarded the silhouette as an emblem of his community and streetwear culture. The Louis Vuitton x Nike “Air Force 1” features Louis Vuitton’s brown-and-cream colourway with its monogram and denier motif. Virgil Abloh added his stamp with signature labelling and quotation marks seen at Off-White. The sneakers will retail in additional colourways in the future, though no date has been announced.

The Virgil Abloh™ “Post-Modern” Scholarship Fund benefits gifted students of Black, African-American and African descent by providing scholarships and financial support. See the auction 

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