Old trainers are huge business in the United States. The right pair of Nike Air Jordans in the right condition can sell for thousands.
However, Apple-branded sneakers? We didn’t exactly have them pegged as the kind of swag people would be willing to fork over the cost of a nice-to-very-nice car to own.
However, even in these uncertain times, a pair of rare Apple sneakers have fetched $10,000 (around £8,200) at auction according to a Gizmodo report. In case you hadn’t heard, Apple launched a limited fashion line in the early 1990s and this particular shoe was a prototype given to Apple employees that never went on sale to the public.
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One pair sold for over $18,000 back in 2017, and now this recently-unearthed pair will be contributing nicely to someone’s retirement fund, thanks to the sale at the Heritage auction house. Apparently, they’re in slightly more used condition than the pair from a few years back, as you can see from the imagery. They are exceedingly 90s in design, complete with what looks like a little air pocket in the heel.
Of course, rare Apple gear is an auctioneer’s dream. A working Apple-1 computer hand-made by co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak sold at auction $905,000 after being snapped up by the Henry Ford organisation in 2014.
Just last year a Macintosh floppy disk signed by Steve Jobs was attracting bids of up to $8,000 online, while a typo-ridden, 1973, pre-Apple job application from Jobs sold at auction $174,757 in March 2018. Last July an original 12-page Apple-1 manual in “very good to fine condition” fetched $12,296.
As we speak, a vintage Apple retail sign is currently up for auction with a starting price of $20,000. The 4ft by 5ft sign is from around 1978 and features the original rainbow logo. So, with that in mind, it probably isn’t too much of a surprise the trainers went for the cost of a pair of Nike Air Mags.