Jay Z designed trainers could leave collectors in an 'Empire State of Mind'

Rap superstar Jay Z made news in the collectibles world last Thursday 12th August with the auction of five one of a kind pairs of Nike training shoes.

The sale, hosted by auction site eBay, is partly designed to help kick off Nike's inaugural World Basketball Festival which is taking place in New York, America.

Jay Z, real name Shawn Carter has personally collaborated with the shoe manufacturers on these five unique special editions of the popular Air Force 1 shoes.

The newly titled "All Black Everything"  range created by Jay Z features five pairs of collectible trainers for everyone of the five nations taking part in the Basketball event.

Nike's global brand and category management Vice President, Trevor Edwards, also had this to say about the sale:

"We're also honoured to collaborate with Jay-Z on limited edition Air Force 1's that celebrate the countries participating in this inaugural event."

All proceeds for the eBay auction will go to the hip hop superstar's charity "The Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation."

And the good news so far is that four days into bidding, prices for the rare collectible footwear are already looking impressive.

Jay Z's "All Black Everything"
Training Shoes

Each of the five lots has already topped $1,500, while the "USA" edition of the shoes has reached an impressive $3,050.

With four days to go until the close of the sale, this could be your chance to bid on a priceless and unique collectible from one of the biggest music stars of the modern era.

To date, Jay Z has sold 40 million records worldwide and won 10 Grammy awards, making him one of the most successful rappers of all time.

The value of these custom made trainers will almost certainly rise at future sale, especially when you consider recent auction results.

In December 2009, a pair of shoes belonging to the late Michael Jackson sold, along with his famous hat, for a record £22,800.

The unique lot had a pre auction estimated price of £10,000.

And more recently, celebrity footwear has made collectibles news again with a similar eBay charity auction featuring footwear from pop stars like Katy Perry proving popular.

The eBay auction for Jay Z's Nike shoes closes on Sunday and whoever is lucky to land the priceless footwear will be in good company.

Jay Z is the only other person in the world to own a pair of the "All Black Everything" trainers.

How many unique collectibles can boast that?


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