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New York-based auctioneer Sotheby’s has linked with Hong Kong retailer K11 Musea to publically display its upcoming 2021 Spring auction items. The catalog includes rarefied pieces of sneaker and streetwear history among fine artworks and watches from Patek Phillipe, F.P. Journe, and Piaget.
Perhaps the most historic item to check out is Nike’s original 1972 “Moon Shoe,” the early sneaker prototype developed by co-founder Bill Bowerman. Bowerman reportedly repurposed his wife’s waffle iron to develop the original rubber outsole after it caught his attention during breakfast. Although the decrepit-looking sneaker may appear to have literally been worn to the moon and back, the name actually comes from the imprints left in the ground by the outsole, mirroring those left by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin during the moon landing in 1969. The “Moon Shoe” that would inspire millions of products was cobbled by hand, meaning production was limited to only 12 pairs.
Elsewhere, Nike’s iconic patchwork “What The Dunk” release from 2007 is on display in addition to a pair of Steph Curry’s game-worn (and signed) pair of Under Armour Curry 2s from his MVP season. Other items from the annals of basketball history include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s game-worn “Skyhook” shoes from adidas and Shaquille O’Neal’s signed Chromz from dunk.net, worn during the 1990/2000 NBA season.
Aside from all the sports memorabilia, there’s also a pair of special “Red Lobster” Dunk Lows from 2008 developed in collaboration with Boston-based Concepts store. The seafood-themed sneaker features tonal red uppers, a crustacean-like overlay, a bib-inspired interior lining, and arrives in brown paper bag packaging.
Admirers of eroticized robots will also be able to check out the life-sized gynoid from Hajime Sorayama, meanwhile, portraits from Amoako Boafo, Takashi Murakami’s Doraemon painting, and a selection of Roy Litchenstein prints round off the other available artworks.
If you’re in Hong Kong you can view the items at K11 MUSEA’s 6th floor Art & Cultural Centre until tomorrow, March 23.