Originally expected to yield somewhere between $10,000 and $12,000, the special edition sneakers sold for $32,760.
Last month, Sotheby’s auctioned off a wide variety of historic hip-hop-related memorabilia. With 120 items available pieces ranged from Notorious B.I.G.’s infamous “King of New York” golden crown to rare works of street art. Also included in the sprawling lot was a pair of Drake’s elusive “Splatter” Air Jordan IVs.
Exceptionally rare, these sneakers were prototyped in a black, fire-red, wolf-grey and white colorway. With similar design elements to the classic “Bred” Air Jordan IV, the “Splatter” version had the addition of red and white paint splattered across its rear midsole and heel. The black underlay on the original model was also replaced with a contrasting white. Noting that most Nike samples are produced in size 9, these shoes were produced in size 11, which is Drake’s specific size.
The sneakers were presented brand new in their original box, factory-laced, with their original cardboard inserts still inside. The box that came with the shoes was also custom, and had a Nike label that said ‘Air Jordan 4 Retro,’ even noting the official color and ship date – a feature not often seen.
With its complicated history, the “Splatter” Air Jordan IV was first available in sample form when it was originally released back in 1989. Since its conceptualization all those years ago, the “Splatter” has never made it to retail release. Then in 2017, Drake rocked a pair of the unreleased Jordan’s which until then, had been largely forgotten by sneakerheads. This caused some hype to resurface around the shoe and reports emerged that it was due for release in 2018, but that never eventuated – probably because Drake ended his partnership with Nike soon after.
In the past Drizzy has taken to Instagram to treat fans to a look at three more unreleased samples, captioning the post with “Define Rare.” The trio included a “Multicolor” Air Jordan 4, Midnight Madness “Kentucky” Air Jordan 8 PE and a Raptors-inspired Air Jordan 8 Charles Oakley PE.
The buyer and lucky new owner of Drake’s “Splatter” Air Jordan IV has chosen to remain anonymous at this time.
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