Sotheby’s has prepared a special auction for the 2021 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. The auction house revealed its latest lot dubbed “The Olympic Collection,” and it features some of the rarest memorabilia and collectibles from the legendary athletes who competed in the events.
The lot will feature the ultra-rare “Prototype Logo” track spikes handmade by Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman in the ‘60s for Canadian track and field sprinter and Olympian Harry Jerome. The pair is estimated to fetch anywhere between $800,000 to $1,200,000.
Another shoe that’s being auctioned off is a special pair of the Converse Fastbreak worn by Michael Jordan during the 1984 Olympic trials, which is expected to sell for around $80,000 to $100,000.
The auction also contains Michael Johnson‘s “Gold Shoes” (both worn and signed), which were responsible for his famous nickname “The Name With the Golden Shoes,” as well as Vince Carter‘s game-worn Olympic jersey and shorts. The full contents of the sale will be revealed at a later date, but Sotheby’s confirms that there will be a multitude of worn and deadstock sneakers, flags, cards and magazines included in the sale.
Highlights from the auction will be on display in Sotheby’s York Avenue galleries in New York City ahead of the auction’s debut, from July 8 through July 14.
Sotheby’s “The Olympic Collection” auction will go live on July 23 coinciding with the event’s opening ceremony. The pairs will also be on display at the Sotheby’s York Avenue gallery in New York.
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