On November 9, Amadeo Modigliani’s painting Nu Couché sold at auction for $170.4 million, making it the second-most expensive piece of art ever sold at auction. While the numbers aren’t quite at that level, another artist, rapper Eminem, is auctioning pairs of rare sneakers for charity and the kicks are commanding mind-boggling prices.
Through his Marshall Mathers Foundation, Eminem worked with the Jordan Brand and workwear company Carhartt to create 10 pairs of Air Jordan IV sneakers and is auctioning them on eBay. All of the proceeds from the sale of the shoes will benefit the Literacy Through Songwriting Program at the Michigan State University Community Music School-Detroit.
The auctions began on November 13, with a starting price of just $15. With seven days still to go in the auction, the cheapest pair is now going for $10,800 while the most expensive is $16,400. Since most eBay auctions see prices spike considerably in the closing days of the bidding window, it’s tough to imagine where the final prices will end up. For comparison, the most expensive pair of shoes sold in Nike’s 2011 auction of the Air Mag sneakers from Back To The Future II was $9,959.00. But the fact that there are only 10 pairs of the Eminem x Jordan x Carhartt Air Jordan IVs (there were 1,500 pairs of Air Mags) makes them far more valuable.
The sneakers themselves are outstanding. The upper on the Air Jordan IV is constructed from Carhartt’s famously durable canvas. (Like Eminem, Carhartt is also a product of Detroit.) The tongue features the ShadyXV logo below the Jumpman to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Eminem’s Shady Records label. Eminem’s backwards “E” and hockey mask insignia are on the heel of the shoe and “Eminem” is printed on the sockliner.
The auction features one pair each in sizes 7, 8, 11, and 12, and two pairs each in sizes 9, 9.5, and 10. The auctions end on Monday, November 23. If you’ve got tens of thousands of dollars to spend, you can bid on a pair here or just watch to see how crazy the prices get.
See more images of the shoes below.