One bidder paid $218,750 for a pair of old tattered sandals worn by Steve Jobs, reports CNN.
Birkenstock Arizonas were apparently worn by Jobs back in the 1970s and 80s when he was just starting Apple. The shoes were found among Jobs’ trash by Mark Sheff, who managed his estate, and then put up for sale at Julien’s Auctions.
Sheff originally auctioned the sandals in 2016, where they sold for about $2,000, reports NPR.
This time, Jobs’ sandals were estimated in the range of $60,000 to $80,000, but clearly exceeded expectations.
“Sandals are well used but still appear to be intact,” the ad says. “he cork and jute footbed retains the imprint of Steve Jobs’ feet, which had been shaped after years of use.”
While we don’t know who purchased the shoes, NPR claims that the buyer made the winning bid from the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square. Before being auctioned off for the second time, the sandals were displayed at various exhibitions, including the Salone del Mobile in Milan, Italy, Birkenstock headquarters in Rahms, Germany, and Birkenstock’s first U.S. store, located in SoHo, New York.