Rare Apple Sneakers Fetch Almost $10,000 at Auction [Updated]

Thursday March 26, 2020 5:01 AM PDT by Tim Hardwick

A pair of rare classic Apple sneakers sold for $9,687.50 at auction this week, reports GQ.


Apple launched a fashion line in 1986, but these kicks were reportedly made as prototypes for Apple employees in the early 90s and never went on sale to the general public, making them an even more sought-after collectible today. Another pair fetched nearly $30,000 at auction in 2017, underlining just how much nostalgia these casual kicks can induce.

Classic Apple hardware and memorabilia has upped in value in recent years, with a couple of recent examples demonstrating the amount of money some people are prepared to pay to acquire anything and everything from Apple's bygone years.

An original Apple Computer Inc. sign created around 1978 with Apple's well-known rainbow logo is set to be auctioned off this week. The sign will be auctioned on March 26, and the starting price is $20,000. Last month, a rare fully functional Apple-1 computer sold for $458,711 at auction.

In 2017, a big auction sell-off of items formerly owned by Steve Jobs took place, including his 1984 Seiko Wristwatch (sold for $42,500), his old Birkenstock sandals ($2,750), and one of his classic black turtlenecks from his time at NeXT ($7,500). Another lot included his NeXT name tag, business card, 10K gold-filled Apple Computers pen, and a personally signed USPS return receipt, all of which sold for $16,250.

Update: A previous version of this article cited an "over $16,000" figure that was quoted in equivalent Australian dollars.

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6 days ago at 07:38 am
I actually own the original Forrest Gump shoes. I want more than $16K for them though.

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6 days ago at 06:20 am
I wish my old Birkenstock’s were worth that much ?
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6 days ago at 06:46 am
Did their fashion line consist of a black turtleneck shirt and a Levi's style blue jeans?
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6 days ago at 08:22 am
I don’t always get a kick out these auction posts, but this time I did.
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6 days ago at 08:48 am
Actually I think it was closer to $10,000 (what a bargain!). Appleinsider is reporting the shoes sold for a little under 10K. The GQ site referenced in the article is in Australia and the US/AUS exchange rate is $1 = $1.65AUS
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6 days ago at 11:21 am
Dubbed “iHop” but were quickly sued by the popular restaurant chain with the same name and thus, production was put to a permanent halt.
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