This week, Sotheby’s put up eight rare works for sale as part of an online auction. While estimated price points ranging up to the high five figures for objects designed by notable artists may not stand out amid the famous auction house’s offerings, the particular medium might: Nike sneakers.
Titled “Cult Canvas,” it’s the first Sotheby’s auction dedicated solely to Nike’s rise in sneaker culture through eight rare and historical pairs of Nike Dunks. Pulling together sneakers designed by everyone from famous New York street artist Futura to toy designers like Michael Lau and notable French expressionist painter Bernard Buffet, this selection of ultrarare footwear artifacts curated by Applied Arts founder Ryan Chang celebrates sneakers with one foot in the worlds of both street fashion and fine art.
“We realized that this is a new form of art that people