From the outside looking in, the sneaker buying game is a tough business with bots—or automated software that allows people to quickly purchase limited footwear—eating up Nike’s premiere shoe selling app, SNKRS. Then, there are resell platforms that hike up shoe prices to more than three or four times their original value. And recently, Sotheby’s auction house announced that they’re offering up some coveted pairs of rapper collabed Jordan sneakers of their own, which will cost a grip as well.
After seeing the success of selling hip-hop memorabilia and collectables, Sotheby’s—the same auction house rumored to have sold The Notorious B.I.G. crown from the legendary “King of New York” photoshoot to Jay-Z and Beyoncé—announced on Wednesday (March 24) that they will be selling rare sneakers from partnerships with Nike/Jordan and rappers like Eminem, Travis Scott and more.
The Nike Air Jordan IV Retro ‘Eminem x Carhartt,’ Nike Air Jordan IV Retro Travis Scott ‘Purple,’ Nike Air Jordan IV Retro Eminem ‘Encore’ with Marshall Mathers signed card, Nike Air Yeezy 2 ‘Mismatch’ sample signed by Kanye West, Nike Air Jordan IV Retro Eminem ‘Encore,’ Nike Air Jordan IV Retro Eminem ‘Encore’ StockX version, Nike Air Jordan III Retro ‘Father of Asahd’ and Nike Air Jordan III Retro ‘Another One’ are all up for auction with bids ranging between $15,000 and $26,000.
With bidding for these sneakers coming to a close on Monday (March 29), most of the bids have neared their projected selling rate.
For the most part, it seems like sneaker heads’ success in regards to snagging limited-edition trainers at the shoe’s original retail price is an art. Meanwhile, others are left spending hundreds and sometimes thousands to get their hands on rare sneakers.
Check out the bids for these rare sneakers on the Sotheby’s website here.
See All The Sneakers for Sale Below.