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200 Virgil Abloh sneakers auctioned for over 22 million euros

The designer Virgil Abloh died in November at the age of just 41. Now, 200 pairs of the classic “Air Force 1” sneaker he designed have been auctioned off. The proceeds are to benefit black students.

Following the death of US designer Virgil Abloh, 200 pairs of shoes designed by him were auctioned in New York for a total of more than 25 million dollars (about 22 million euros).

The 200 pairs of the first-ever sneakers "Air Force 1", which Abloh designed for fashion brands Nike and Louis Vuitton, would have fetched a total of $25.3 million at the auction, more than eight times the amount estimated in advance, auction house Sotheby’s said.

68 bids for Virgin Abloh shoes size 44

The most expensive item was a pair of shoes in size 37, which fetched around 350,000 dollars. A pair of shoes in size 44 received the most bids, with a total of 68. The proceeds will go to a foundation that supports the education of black students. Abloh had died of cancer in November at the age of just 41. Most recently, he had worked as designer and creative director of the men’s line at Louis Vuitton, among other positions. Two days after his death, the French fashion group had hosted a fashion show in Miami in honor of the fashion designer, among the prominent guests: Kim Kardashian West, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and Bella Hadid.
The event entitled "Virgil Was Here" (in German: Virgil was here) presented the collection designed by Abloh for spring / summer 2022 and thus honored the "creative genius", Louis Vuitton had announced in advance on Twitter.

With material from dpa