ONLINE AUCTION: 29 NOVEMBER – 6 DECEMBER
NEW YORK – Christie’s is proud to current ‘The Greats’, a web based sale of sneakers, streetwear, and collectibles, which might be held throughout New York Luxurious Week. A curated number of sneakers and sports activities memorabilia worn and signed by a few of the biggest icons in sports activities historical past, The Greats consists of collectibles from the likes of sports activities legends Serena Williams, Kobe Bryant, Henrik Lundqvist and Michael Jordan. The public sale additionally options the work of iconic designers resembling Virgil Abloh and Tinker Hatfield, in addition to streetwear manufacturers like Supreme and Louis Vuitton. The sale opens for bidding on 29 November and closes on 6 December.
The sale highlights the intersection of artwork, design, and sports activities historical past, which have outlined a brand new wave of up to date gathering. Take for instance, two tons that includes Nike x Off-White sneakers created by the legendary designer Virgil Abloh, solely for Serena Williams: Serena Williams Participant Unique Recreation-Worn Twin Signed Off-White Nike Court docket Flare 2 Sneakers (estimate $17,000-20,000); and Serena Williams Participant Unique Recreation-Worn Off-White Nike Court docket Flare 2 Sneakers & Signed Serena Williams Tennis Ball (estimate $10,000-15,000). Virgil’s signature emblems are current all through the tons, with impressed “SERENA” and “QUEEN” elaborations on the aspect and again of the sneakers. These sneakers are a unprecedented illustration of the collaboration between the 2 icons, celebrating Serena’s latest retirement and Virgil’s unimaginable legacy as a artistic, designer, and artist.
Different highlights from the sale embody: Michael Jordan’s Recreation-Worn Authentic 1985 Air Jordan 1 ‘Chicago’ Sneakers (estimate: $200,000-300,000) and a pair of Michael Jordan Twin Signed Authentic 1985 Air Jordan 1 ’Chicago’ Sneakers (estimate $100,000-150,000). Undoubtably essentially the most iconic and timeless sneaker silhouette in historical past, these tons mark the start of the collectible sneaker market, the primary collaboration between Jordan and Nike, and a design that continues to affect generations in the present day.
Additionally headlining the sale is a pair of one-of-a-kind skates worn by the legendary goalkeeper Henrik Lundqvist, who gained Olympic Gold and Silver Medals for his native nation Sweden, and was a standout fan favourite for the New York Rangers. Lundqvist wore these skates throughout his closing recreation as a Ranger, making them a window into his unimaginable legacy and devotion to the game. The skates had been became art work by the artist Don Blanton, who encased them in chromed copper and nickel and bedazzled them in Swarovski crystals. This unimaginable merchandise will hit the public sale block with an estimate of $50,000-70,000. Proceeds of the skates’ sale will go towards the Henrik Lundqvist Basis, which is devoted to offering schooling to youngsters in want.
I’m thrilled to be working with Christie’s on this essential sale. My skates have at all times performed a essential position in how I felt on ice. Proceeds from the sale might be donated to the Henrik Lundqvist Basis, based in 2014 to assist completely different organizations round the USA, Sweden and Dominican Republic
With a pulse on modern gathering, we’re proud to current our inaugural sale underneath the newly based Sneakers, Streetwear and Collectibles division, The Greats showcases a few of the nice examples of sneaker, streetwear and sports activities collectibles in the marketplace and in historical past. Celebrating athletes, artists and designers who’ve spearheaded a brand new wave of gathering, we’re proud to introduce this new style of gathering at Christie’s.
Caitlin Donovan, Head of Division
Fashionable collectibles have amassed a big following over the previous years. Not solely are collectors capable of purchase one thing they will respect and luxuriate in of their residence, but in addition understand a larger worth as a substitute asset. We’re proud to carry these unimaginable gadgets to public sale, which have fun the people who find themselves really dedicated to their craft, whether or not that be by tennis, design, basketball, artwork, or hockey.
Jacob Foster, Junior Specialist