On Sunday, a pair of sandals Steve Jobs wore in the early days of Apple was sold for $218,750 via auction in New York City. The brown suede Birkenstock Arizonas were donned by Jobs in the 1970s and 1980s during “many pivotal moments in Apple’s history,” according to the auction house. According to Julien’s Auctions executive director Martin Nolan, it was not only the highest price ever paid for a pair of sandals at an Auction; but also a record-setting amount for footwear at their establishment.
The sandals were part of a more extensive auction of Jobs-related items, including his NeXT computer, which fetched $533,500, and his original Apple computer mouse, which went for $96,000. The Auction was held to mark the 10th anniversary of Jobs’ death.
Nolan said the high prices reflect “the cult of Steve Jobs” and how he changed the world with his technology. “He is one of those individuals who did change our lives,” Nolan said. “I think we forget how much he has changed our lives with his visionary thinking.”
Steve Jobs died of cancer on October 5, 2011, at age 56.
The late Apple co-founder was known for his minimalist style, and the sandals are consistent with that aesthetic. They are made of brown suede with adjustable straps and a small metal plate stamped with the Birkenstock logo.
The sandals were donated to the Silicon Valley Historical Association by Jobs’ widow, Laurene Powell Jobs. The association decided to sell them at an Auction to raise money for its education and preservation efforts.
Nolan said he expects the items will continue to appreciate as they become “part of Americana.”
“These are iconic pieces,” he said. “And I think they will become more valuable as time goes by.”
Jobs is not the only tech mogul whose personal belongings have recently been put up for sale. In May, an online auction offered potential buyers a chance to own a lock of Napoleon Bonaparte’s hair or one of John Lennon’s teeth. Last year, an envelope postmarked in 1969 — the day Neil Armstrong became the first man on the moon — sold at Auction for $275,000. And in 2016, one of Marilyn Monroe’s iconic white dresses sold for $4.8 million.
The late Steve Jobs was known for his minimalist style, and a pair of sandals he wore in the early days of Apple sold at Auction Sunday for $218,750—a record price for footwear at Julien’s Auctions. The brown suede Birkenstock Arizonas were worn by Jobs during “many pivotal moments in Apple’s history,” according to the auction house, including during meetings with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. Gates is no stranger to big auctions; last year, an online auction offered potential buyers a chance to own a lock of Napoleon Bonaparte’s hair or one of John Lennon’s teeth.
This story has been updated with additional information about other items sold at Sunday’s Auction.