A pair of Nike hyperdunks designed for President Barack Obama will be on sale at Sotheby’s online, priced at $25,000.
The pair was the only known confirmation sample of President Barack Obama’s player-exclusive Nike Hyperdunk, with the other made specifically for the former president in 2009, Sotheby’s said.
Created in a men’s size 12.5 in the United States, the unsold pair is in pristine condition and features many custom details, including the official presidential seal and embroidered “44” to commemorate Obama as the 44th president, said Sotheby’s. The insoles are printed with patriotic graphics, including bald eagles with the year 1776.
Like the other Hyperdunks, a design created and worn by Team USA players at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, the pair has a white leather upper, blue Swooshes and visible Flywire technology.
“It is a pleasure to bring such a unique item to market,” said Brahm Wachter, director of e-commerce development at Sotheby’s, in a statement. “This will mark our first major sneaker release on Sotheby’s new Buy Now sneaker store. We hope it will be a slam dunk.
The Sotheby’s Buy Now online platform allows collectors to directly buy items ranging from fine art to fashion and collectibles, from design and antiques to jewelry and watches. The Sneakers Shop offers modern, vintage and rare memorabilia sneakers.
The pair are on display, by appointment only, at Sotheby’s Galleries in New York from Monday. The sale will begin at 4:44 p.m. EST on February 12, coinciding with President’s Day weekend in the United States. Item is final sale and not eligible for return, Sotheby’s said.
Obama played on the junior and varsity basketball teams at Hawaii’s Punahou School, where his team won the state championship in 1979. Last year, Nike donated $5 million to the Obama Foundation for the creation of a public space at the future Obama Presidential Center on the South Side of Chicago.