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Old, used sandals worn by Steve Jobs sell for $220K at auction house

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Tell me you have money burning a hole in your pocket, and you need to get rid of it without telling me you have money burning a hole in your pocket, and you need to get rid of it. An old pair of sandals worn by Steve Jobs in the early days of Apple sold for $218,750 at an auction in New York City.

Yes, you read that correctly. A used pair of Sandals sold for almost $220K, and we have no words for it. The brown suede Birkenstock Arizonas were worn by Jobs in the 1970s and 1980s, which happened to be during “many pivotal moments in Apple’s history,” the auction house reported.

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According to Julien’s Auctions executive director Martin Nolan, this was the highest price ever paid for a pair of sandals at an auction and was a record for footwear at the auction house, NPR reported.

The sandals were part of a collection from Mark Sheff, who happened to manage Jobs’ Albany, Calif., an estate in the 1980s. The sandals aren’t the first item associated with Jobs to be sold at auction in recent years. NPR reported that an Apple-1 Computer prototype from the mid-1970s garnered $677,196 at auction.

These particular sandals were previously sold at an auction in 2016 and took in $2,000 at the time, so that is quite an increase in price in six years, huh? Inflation, right?

While the winning bidder did want to remain anonymous, the sandals were sold in the room at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square. The runner-up bid came from a potential buyer in China.

While it is an outrageous amount for a pair of old sandals, it is not even close to what others have paid for footwear at auction. NPR stated that Nike Air Ships worn by Michael Jordan in 1984 sold for $1.47 million last year, and a pair of black Nike worn by Kanye West at the 2008 Grammys sold for $1.8 million last year.

They are old Birkenstocks, so people want to know if the sandals smell. Nolan told NPR that they “do smell…of success.”

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