Steve Jobs’ worn-down Birkenstocks have sold for a record-breaking $218,750 USD. The unnamed bidder has also received an NFT of the sandals.
Steve Jobs’ old sandals are now in the hands (or on the feet) of a proud anonymous bidder, who paid a whopping $218,750 USD for the Apple founder’s footwear, thus setting a record for the highest price ever paid for sandals at auction.
In addition to receiving the physical pair, the bidder also got a digitized version of the Birkenstocks, in the form of a 360-degree NFT.
According to Julien’s Auctions, Steve Jobs wore the pair of Birkenstock Arizonas in the ’70s and ’80s, during the early stages of Apple’s emergence, and “many pivotal moments in Apple’s history.”
The auction house describes the condition of the brown suede sandals as “well used, but still appear intact.” Additionally, “the cork and jute footbed retains the imprint of Steve Jobs’ feet, which had been shaped after years of use.”
It’s safe to say that Julien’s Auctions has struck gold once again. The California-founded company recently sold another piece of iconic memorabilia, belonging to Kurt Cobain. The Nirvana frontman’s smashed-up and later-reconstructed ’73 Fender Mustang fetched over $700,000 AUD at auction, exceeding original sale estimates of $500,000.
Congratulations to the anonymous bidder who scored Steve Jobs’ old Birkenstock Arizonas. Now, they can literally walk a mile in the Apple founder’s shoes.