Heritage Auctions’ first sneaker sale set for June

Heritage Auctions will offer sneakers for the first time on June 11.

A selection will appear in the eclectic June 11 Future is Now sale, which will also include street art, skateboards and handbags.

The star looks to be a complete set of white Air Jordans given by Michael Jordan to Kobe Bryant after Bryant retired from the NBA in 2016.

Bryant Air Jordans

Michael Jordan gave Kobe Bryant this collection as a retirement gift 

Leon Benrimon, director of contemporary art at Heritage, says: "The history, scale, importance and rarity of this set is unrivalled.”

It’s expected to sell for in excess of $200,000.

There’s also a sought after pair of 2011 Nike Air Mags, inspired by the sneakers Marty McFly wore in Back to the Future II.

Heritage hasn’t provided an estimate for this lot, but it’s likely to be somewhere in advance of $50,000.  

Another pair realised $200,000 in a charity auction last year.

Among the other limited edition lots are collaborations between Nike and much coveted streetwear brand Supreme, and shoes painted by well-known graffiti artists.

Benrimon said: "It's an exciting moment for Heritage as we undertake this initiative to bridge the gap and draw similarities between industries that have been heavily influenced by street culture and contemporary art.

"Our goal is to offer bidders a new platform where they can collect a diverse group of objects."

The secondary sneaker market is enormous, with buyers paying thousands of dollars for otherwise unobtainable pieces.

The fact that larger auction houses are starting to take notice suggests this sector of the market could be maturing.

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