S otheby’s is pleased to present Cult Canvas – a selective online auction of ultra-rare and pristine artist created sneakers. Based on the notion that art has found a new medium of expression or ‘canvas,' each of the lots are carefully crafted examples that showcase incredible talent in design. The 8 items in this offering are among the most coveted examples desired by sneaker collectors worldwide. Sotheby’s is proud to have partnered with Ryan Chang and @applied.arts.nyc for this innovative exploration of this new form of expression.
1LotLeonard Hilton McGurr ‘Futura’ | Nike Dunk High Pro SB ‘FLOM’ | Size 8leonard hilton mcgurr ‘futura’ | nike dunk high pro sb ‘flom’ | size 830 September 2020 | Sale price: 62,500 USDEstimate: 50,000 – 60,000 USD30 September 2020 | Sale price: 62,500 USDCult Canvas22–30 September 2020 | 11:30 AM EDT | New York
2LotBernard Buffet & Nike | ‘Paris’ Production Test/Sample Nike Dunk Low Pro SB | Size 8.5bernard buffet & nike | ‘paris’ production test/sample nike dunk low pro sb | size 8.5Estimate: 70,000 – 80,000 USDEstimate: 70,000 – 80,000 USDCult Canvas22–30 September 2020 | 11:30 AM EDT | New York
3LotJames Arizumi | “What the Dunk” Nike Dunk Low Pro SB | Size 11james arizumi | “what the dunk” nike dunk low pro sb | size 1130 September 2020 | Sale price: 8,125 USDEstimate: 6,000 – 8,000 USD30 September 2020 | Sale price: 8,125 USDCult Canvas22–30 September 2020 | 11:30 AM EDT | New York
4LotJeff Ng “Jeff Staple” | ‘NYC Pigeon’ Nike Dunk Low Pro SB Dual-Signed by Jeff Staple | Size 10jeff ng “jeff staple” | ‘nyc pigeon’ nike dunk low pro sb dual-signed by jeff staple | size 1030 September 2020 | Sale price: 25,000 USDEstimate: 25,000 – 30,000 USD30 September 2020 | Sale price: 25,000 USDCult Canvas22–30 September 2020 | 11:30 AM EDT | New York
5LotPieter Janssen ‘Piet Parra’| ‘Friends and Family’ Nike Dunk Low SB | Size 9pieter janssen ‘piet parra’| ‘friends and family’ nike dunk low sb | size 930 September 2020 | Sale price: 4,750 USDEstimate: 3,000 – 5,000 USD30 September 2020 | Sale price: 4,750 USDCult Canvas22–30 September 2020 | 11:30 AM EDT | New York
6LotKatsuya Terada | Unreleased Production Test/Sample Nike Dunk SB Low | Size 5.5katsuya terada | unreleased production test/sample nike dunk sb low | size 5.530 September 2020 | Sale price: 5,250 USDEstimate: 7,000 – 10,000 USD30 September 2020 | Sale price: 5,250 USDCult Canvas22–30 September 2020 | 11:30 AM EDT | New York
7LotPeter Moore | ‘Bred’ Nike Air Jordan 1 High OG (1985) | Size 11.5peter moore | ‘bred’ nike air jordan 1 high og (1985) | size 11.530 September 2020 | Sale price: 15,000 USDEstimate: 8,000 – 10,000 USD30 September 2020 | Sale price: 15,000 USDCult Canvas22–30 September 2020 | 11:30 AM EDT | New York
8LotMichael Lau | ‘Gardener Wood’ Nike Dunk Low Pro SB | Size 8michael lau | ‘gardener wood’ nike dunk low pro sb | size 830 September 2020 | Sale price: 7,500 USDEstimate: 5,000 – 10,000 USD30 September 2020 | Sale price: 7,500 USDCult Canvas22–30 September 2020 | 11:30 AM EDT | New York
Highlights include the Production Test/Sample Paris Dunk Low, which is perhaps the most popular and recognizable Nike Dunk in existence. Production Tests/Samples are extremely rare production runs that are created before the regular release while Nike is testing various aspects of the design. Approximately 200 pairs of the regular release were made for Nike’s traveling White Dunk Exhibition in 2003, an exhibit that featured several extremely limited SB Dunks created for the tour’s host cities. This particular pair represents Paris and features canvas overlays that display the artwork of French painter Bernard Buffet. Sotheby's is thrilled to be offering this incredibly rare Production Test/Sample for auction, the first to be brought to market publicly.
Another incredible item includes the Futura (real name Leonard Hilton McGurr) Nike Dunk High ‘FLOM’, which is an acronym meaning “For Love Or Money.” Futura started his career in the 1970s tagging subway walls as Futura 2000, a nod to his favorite movie 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick). Futura belongs to a notable group of artists that came out of New York City during this period, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Dondi White, all of whom exhibited at The Fun Gallery in the 80s. Futura is an admired illustrator, photographer, and fashion designer whose art touches many different spheres of public life.
This particular work encompasses a pattern that was created from different denominations of printed money. Only 24 were made.
Perhaps the most famous of the items on offer is the NYC ‘Pigeon’ Nike Dunk Low Signed by Jeff Staple. By many, this sneaker represents the birth of sneaker culture. Designed by Jeff Staple of Staple Design, the 2005 release of this sneaker was perhaps one of the wildest drops in Nike history. When release day came, a large line formed outside of Reed Space, Jeff’s Lower East Side storefront. The crowd grew so large that the New York City Police was called to keep things in order, and make sure that lucky purchasers were able to get home safely. The attention on the release made the cover of the New York Post, and to this day remains an extraordinary example of the power of streetwear hype.
The design itself is inspired by NYC pigeons, with an outsole that has a pigeon-foot like color. With only approximately 150 pairs ever produced, this pair – in exceptional condition – is made even more rare as it is signed by Jeff Staple himself.
Sotheby’s is excited to offer these examples, and more, in an exploration of the cross-section between design, sneakers, art and fashion.
Banner Image @applied.arts.nyc