On November 11, Julien’s Auctions held an auction for a pair of brown Birkenstocks personally owned and worn by Apple founder Steve Jobs.
The auction ended two days later, on November 13, with a total of 19 bids and a final sold price of $218,750.
Steve Jobs’ sandals, which he wore during the 1970s and 1980s, were auctioned off by his home manager, Mark Sheff.
As of now, the sandals have been featured in several exhibitions, including the Salone del Mobile in Milano, Italy, the Birkenstock Headquarters in Rahms, Germany, Birkenstock’s first US store in SoHo, New York, as well as the History Museum Wurttemberg in Stuttgart, Germany.
Although the sandals were important and valuable in their own right, they were auctioned off in combination with a non-fungible token (NFT) minted on the Polygon blockchain and depicting the sandals in a 360° virtual representation.
Their virtual representation in an NFT will allow the winning bidder to keep the sandals, and the successful entrepreneurial history they symbolize, forever alive on the blockchain.
After all, Steve Jobs is still regarded as the father of the personal computer age. He was a visionary and a genius who oversaw the launch of several groundbreaking products that disrupted what many felt was normalcy at the time.