Sneakers Designed and Signed by Virgil Abloh Are Bidding High

Limited-edition sneaker designs autographed by Abloh receive offers of up to $10,000

Two rare pairs of sneakers designed and signed by the late visionary Virgil Alboh are up for auction at Sotheby’s and bidding has already surpassed initial estimates of $10,000.

As reported by TMZAmong the prized collectibles featured in the auction house’s Modern Collectibles catalog are an autographed pair of Abloh’s “LV Trainer” from Louis Vuitton, with an $18,000 bid leading the bidding war from Sunday.

A signed pair of the Air Jordan 1 collaboration with Abloh’s streetwear brand Off-White is also up for grabs, with the best deal at $13,000 on the same day.

Virgil Abloh attends the CFDA Fashion Awards at Brooklyn Museum of Art on June 03, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Additionally, “The Ten” collection, featuring the famous designer’s first ten collaborations from his partnership with Nike in 2017, is available in the digital auction and is expected to fetch $40,000.

Each pair up for auction was already coveted by sneakerheads before Abloh, 41, died in November following a two-year battle with a rare form of cancer. The one-of-a-kind designs he left behind represent the relics of one of fashion’s most respected minds.

The green and yellow “LV Trainers” available at the auction debuted in 2019 during Abloh’s tenure as chief artistic director of his menswear collection, and the first African American to lead a line in the luxury society.

The sneakers, which surpassed their highest estimate of $12,000, feature the designer’s hand-signed “AIR ABLOH,” along with two Polaroid photographs of him posing with the shoes included in the box, per TMZ.

The blue and white Air Jordan 1 and Off-White pair, which surpassed its high-end estimate of $10,000, is dubbed the “UNC” colorway after the University of North Carolina where Michael Jordan played.

The shoes feature the words “VIRGIL 2018” and “HODEI”, which means “cloud” in the Basque language spoken in parts of Spain and France, as well as the iconic red tie and “Off- White For Nike”, according to TMZ.

In January, according to the outlet, Sotheby’s auctioned off 200 pairs of Abloh’s Nike Air Force 1 collaboration with Louis Vuitton to benefit the famed designer’s “Post-Modern” scholarship fund, dedicated to improving equity and inclusion of underrepresented groups in the fashion industry.

The limited-edition sneaker collection, which Abloh reportedly created for the Spring/Summer 2022 season, sold for a total of $25.3 million, per TMZ.

The Sotheby’s Modern Collectibles auction, which features other signed and limited-edition sneakers and other items “helping to define cultural relevance in the collectibles category,” ends April 5.

lesGrio’s Chinekwu Osakwe contributed to this report.

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