Well, this world is full of surprises as it turns out that a bidder at an auction paid a huge sum of cash to get their hands on Steve Jobs old raggedy sandals worn by the late tech mongul.
According to CNN, the bidder paid $218,750 to for Steve Jobs’ old sandals including a 360-degree non-fungible token (NFT) that goes with it. Talk about crazy and also a way to spend your money.
The sandals, which are a pair of Birkenstock Arizonas, were apparently worn by Jobs back in the 1970s and ’80s when he first started Apple. They were recovered from the trash by Jobs’ estate manager, Mark Sheff, and then put up for sale at Julien’s Auctions on Friday.
When talking about how he acquired the sandals in a 2016 article from Business Insider, Sheff explains that Jobs “kept very few things,” so he snapped up the sandals once he was ready to throw them out. “We kept some, shared some with the landscapers and friends and brought some to Goodwill,” he told Insider at the time. “The collection we ended up with is quite random.” Sheff initially auctioned off the sandals in 2016, where they sold for around $2,000, according to NPR.
This time around, Jobs’ sandals (and NFT) were estimated to fetch anywhere from $60,000 to $80,000, but they clearly beat expectations. “The sandals are well used, but still appear intact,” the listing reads. “The cork and jute footbed retain the imprint of Steve Jobs’ feet, which had been shaped after years of use.”
Steve Jobs’ old sandals
The identity of the person who bought Steve Jobs’ old sandals has not revealed but according to NPR, the buyer placed the winning bid from the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square. Before the sandals were put up for auction a second time, they were shown off in various exhibits, including at the Salone del Mobile in Milano, Italy, the Birkenstock headquarters in Rahms, Germany, and at Birkenstock’s first store in the US, located in SoHo, New York.
In 2012, a memo from Steve Jobs and a working Apple I motherboard sold for $400,000 at auction, while a rare VideoPad prototype scrapped by Jobs fetched around $14,000 last year.
So, this has given me an awesome idea. What if we started storing and keeping everything UG’s Sevo keeps wearing knowing one day that the president’s old big hats could fetch us some good money. 🙂 just kidding!