Bids for Virgil Abloh's Nike x Louis Vuitton Air Force 1 sneakers soar to collective $6.1m at auction

Bids for Virgil Abloh's Nike x Louis Vuitton Air Force 1 sneakers soar to collective $6.1m at auction

The original total estimate was $1m to $3m for 200 pairs of sneakers designed by Abloh before his death.
02 Feb, 2022

Bids for 200 pairs of Nike/Louis Vuitton "Air Force 1" sneakers designed by the late Virgil Abloh are running well beyond Sotheby's initial estimates in an auction with a week to go.

The sale, which the Louis Vuitton creative designer helped to plan before his death from cancer at age 41 in November, will benefit The Virgil Abloh "Post-Modern" Scholarship Fund for Black, African-American and students of African descent in the fashion industry.

"We're currently at around $6.1 million in hammer price," said Sotheby's head of streetwear and modern collectibles, Brahm Wachter, on Tuesday, when bids ran as high as $80,000.

The original total estimate was $1 million to $3 million for the January 26 to February 8 auction. On opening day, the number of bids broke Sotheby's record for online sales.

The leather sneaker features Abloh's signature quotation marks and Louis Vuitton's emblematic patterns. Each comes with a limited-edition orange pilot case.

"On a size 5, there's just one pair and a size 18, again, there's just one pair. When you get to a size 10 or a size 8, there are more," Wachter said.

The sneakers were the first official collaboration between Nike and Louis Vuitton.

"It's really bringing together two of the great Goliaths of industry. And of course, the genius of Virgil Abloh, who so many people love and respect and miss," Wachter said.

"Bringing all three of these worlds together is really an incredible thing, which I think is driving global interest."

Abloh, one of the highest profile Black designers, had been the creative mind behind Louis Vuitton's menswear collection since 2018. In July 2021, LVMH mandated him to launch new brands and partner with existing ones in non-fashion sectors such as furniture and luggage.


ST Feb 02, 2022 02:27pm
Wastage of money
Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Feb 02, 2022 03:27pm
No doubt, crazy people live and exist in every country of the world.
Imran Feb 02, 2022 04:48pm
The madness of society - 6m can feed many poor people.
Jimmy Nibbs Feb 02, 2022 08:18pm
These sneakers are today's Rembrandts or Picasso's. Each person or generation determines and then puts a value on whatever they want.