eBay will feature a selection of the world’s rarest sneakers in the first Australian activation
eBay Australia is set to bring its sneaker authenticity guarantee to life by launching the ‘eBay Museum of Authentics’.
Australia’s premier sneaker event will showcase a collection of some of the world’s rarest sneakers to Melbourne sneakerheads.
For three days, the eBay Museum of Authentics will display rare kicks, including:
- Air Jordan 1 Chicago 1985 – 1986: Game-weared and double signed by the player who changed the game of basketball, Michael Jordan. After its release almost 30 years ago, it is one of the most coveted sneakers today. The shoe is in a size 13 and 13.5 to accommodate the various shoe sizes of Michael Jordan. A similar pair was last sold for over 500,000 USD (around 745,000 AUD).
- University dropout Bapestas 2007: A precursor to the Yeezy sneaker business, this is the first sneaker designed in collaboration with rapper, music producer and fashion designer, Kanye West.
- Nike Hyperdunk Back to the Future 2008: There were only 350 pairs of this sneaker released. The shoe pays homage to Back to the future with a ‘Marty McFly’ colourway. The pair on display are signed by Kobe Bryant.
- Pharrell x Chanel x NMD 2017: A limited edition mixing luxury and streetwear with only 500 pairs created. Current listings cost between AU$12,000 and AU$18,000.
- Air Yeezy 1 Zen Gray 2009: Nike’s first signature sneaker with a non-athlete, which debuted at Kanye’s Grammy performance in 2008 before hitting the public in 2009.
Along with the exhibition curated by eBay, Melburn sneaker collector Michael Fan will display 14 rare pairs from his collection of nearly 700 sneakers.
Yeezy shoe innovation designer Cesar Idrobo has also created an exclusive sneaker prototype that will be on display at the eBay Museum of Authentics.
Additionally, eBay Australia’s sneaker expert Alaister Low will also showcase key pieces from his personal collection including Shaq Attaqs by Shaquille O’Neal and vintage Jordan 1 High Breds.
Low said the Museum of Authentics taps into the growing resale and collectible sneaker market.
“We know that the obsession with sneakers around the world has not heeled.
“The category has continued to grow on eBay Australia with triple digit growth over the past three years.
“eBay’s Museum of Authentics will give sneakerheads a unique opportunity to see some of the world’s most coveted sneakers, safe in the knowledge that they’re getting the real deal thanks to our Authenticity Guarantee,” he said. .
In addition to seeing some of the rarest sneakers in the world, the first 100 visitors to the Museum of Authentics will receive a candle that smells like new sneakers every day.
The candle mixes scents of leather and glue to reproduce the smell of new kicks.
The eBay Museum of Authentics will be located at Neon Parc, 15 Tinning Street, Brunswick from Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 01, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.