A museum of rare sneakers is born in Melbourne
Attention all sneakerheads – there’s a veritable museum dedicated to rare sneaks popping up in Melbourne this week.
The eBay Museum of Authentics is a first in Australia and will feature some of the rarest sneakers in the world. It runs from Friday April 29 to Monday May 1 at Neon Parc in Brunswick.
For non-shoe lovers, rare sneakers might seem a little off. But some of these kicks are worth a staggering amount of money.
Are presented at the exhibition:
- Air Jordan 1 Chicago 1985 – 1986: These were worn in actual games by a legendary basketball player Michael Jordan. They are signed by the man himself – a similar pair has already been sold for over 500,000 USD (around 745,000 AUD). So yeah, it’s worth a bitta coin!
- University dropout Bapestas 2007: Prior to its YEEZY sneaker dynasty, this sneaker was the first designed in collaboration with Kanye West.
- Nike Hyperdunk Back to the Future 2008: Only 350 pairs of this sneaker – a tribute to the classic film Back to the future with a “Marty McFly” colorway – were never released. The pair on display are signed by the great basketball legend Kobe Bryant.
- Pharrell x Chanel x NMD 2017: Equally rare are these kicks, with only 500 pairs created. Current listings cost this shoe between AU$12,000 and AU$18,000.
- Air YEEZY 1 Zen Gray 2009: These YEEZYs were Nike’s first signature sneakers with a non-athlete. They debuted at Kanye West’s 2008 Grammy performance and went public in 2009, selling out pretty much right away.
eBay is hosting the event to showcase its Authenticity Guarantee, a process based on the data these luxury shoes go through when listed to determine if they are legit.
Each shoe is inspected by expert authenticators who check logo placement, stitching, leather quality, and even smell. Authentic pairs are sent to the buyer with an NFC tag that contains an encrypted digital authentication certificate.
Tickets for the exhibition are free and you can register for a fee HERE.
The first 100 sneakerheads to visit the Museum of Authentics will score a limited-edition candle specially created by eBay to recreate the scent of new sneakers, if that’s what’s blowing your skirt.