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LV Air Force 1: Virgil Abloh’s Nike Collection Sells for [$25.3 Million]

By February 15, 2022Nike, Sneaker News

LV Air Force 1 - Virgil Abloh - AIO BotBREAKING NEWS: Sotheby’s auction of Virgil Abloh’s Nike LV Air Force 1 absolutely shatters expectations at $25.3 MILLION!

These Louis Vuitton AF1s are the final collaboration between Virgil Abloh x Nike and the French high-end luxury fashion house. They unveiled the collaboration during a runway show in Summer 2022 and are now auctioning exclusively on Sotheby’s. These kicks commemorate the legacy of the late Virgil Abloh and keep his legacy alive. The LV Air Force 1 sneakers are already scoring five-figure bids in Sotheby’s auction – a record-breaking amount!

These sneakers are exceedingly special for many reasons! For starters, these kicks happen to be Virgil Abloh’s final commercial collaboration with Nike and Louis Vuitton. And second, they are the epitome of pure luxury sneakers. The design on these Air Force 1s truly brings out the meaning of high-end streetwear. So, a sneaker of this magnitude of hype deserves something better than a run-of-the-mill release! Plus, they had to be fair. Therefore, it only made sense to feature this release through a sneaker auction. Let’s talk about the $350,000 kick!

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Sneaker Auction Details

The LV Air Force 1 sneaker auction opened on January 26 with entry bids for the 200 pairs of shoes. The bid started at $2,000 apiece – definitely ain’t a place to be boujee on a budget. However, when compared to the 1.8 MILLION dollar Yeezy auction, it’s pretty affordable! 

LV Air Force 1 Virgil Abloh - AIO BotThe sneakers featured a mixed monogrammed upper in Damier leather co-branding. And, it also features natural cowhide piping material. It has a white midsole with the “AIR” branding and a dark brown outsole to finish it off. Also, these kicks come with their own orange Louis Vuitton Nike pilot case!

However, your usual LV pilot cases can retail for up to $10,000. So, that’s a deal on its own! And, it has a luggage tag in the shape of the Swoosh according to every size!

One day later, the bids on Virgil’s LV Air Force 1 jumped past $20,000, some peaking at $50,000! BUT, the truly ground-breaking moment in this entire auction had to be the $350,000 bid! One pair of the size US 5 crashed all expectations after racking up the $350K bid! Basically coming at more than 23.5 times than the original estimate!

The proceeds of the LV Air Force 1 auction will all be donated to the Virgil Abloh “Post-Modern” Scholarship Fund. This is the fund that Virgil established in partnership with the Fashion Scholarship Fund. It supports the education of academically promising Black, African American, or African descent students!

Louis Vuitton AF1 - Sneaker Auction - AIO BotBidding Closed At…

Finally, the bidding on the LV Air Force 1 closed on February 9th – a day after the original end date. You can check every closing bid per lot here – the estimated bid range was $5,000 – $15,000. Virgil’s Louis Vuitton x Nike Air Force 1s are reportedly dropping in a more general release this year. However, they’ll probably have a much cheaper retail price. And, will definitely not come with the cool orange case! 

But, for the time being, you may wanna still to your average, slightly more affordable sneaker releases. You’ll definitely pay much less money and get a chance to MAKE so much more!

Like the upcoming Yeezy Oreo restock or any of the other epic 2022 Jordans! In short, let’s forget about five-figure retails and focus on our sneaker copping skills!