Custom game-worn sneakers depicting martial arts legend Bruce Lee created by NBA star and two time MVP, Stephen Curry are being auctioned for charity.
The shoes were designed to show support for the victims of shootings that took place on March 16 at three Atlanta-area spas. They’re now among the featured items in Goldin Auctions’ current sale.
All proceeds from the auction will be donated via Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta to the individuals and families impacted by the racially-motivated shootings as well as Atlanta-area programs dedicated to Asian American advancement.
The shoes depict Lee, who was a champion of equal rights, as well as a quote from Lee, “Under the heavens, there is only family.” The colorway of the custom Curry 8s are also reminiscent of Lee’s famous Onitsuka Tiger shoes. The Under Armour sneakers were worn by Curry during an April 4 game against the Atlanta Hawks in which he scored 37 points in a loss to the Hawks.
“After all we have been through this past year, let alone in the history of our country, people still deal with unnecessary tragedy and are afraid for their lives. We have to do better,” said Curry.
Bidding for the shoes was at $13,000 as of late Tuesday afternoon. The auction will close on May 22.
Heritage Auctions has tallied up the three day total for its most recent major catalog sale. The result was more than $33.5 million in sales, a new record high for the company.
This new highwater mark, set May 6-8, comes just two months after March’s $32.7-million Platinum Night Sports Auction – and only five months after Heritage’s first $22-million sports auction.
Narly every item in the trio of catalogs sold and over 3,300 around the world participated.
More than 40 of the 2,900 lots surpassed six figures – chief among them the headline-grabbing sale of Michael Jordan’s University of North Carolina jersey from his 1982-83 NCAA Player of the Year season. That Carolina-Blue-and-white top, the only one ever to come to market, sold for more than $1.38 million.
A T206 Honus Wagner graded PSA 1.5 sold for $2.28 million.
WSB-TV’s Michael Seiden recently offered viewers a four-minute primer on the hobby’s resurgence, digging out some old video from 1992, while chatting with long-time shop owner Joe Davis, show dealers, collectors and an Atlanta area breaking duo.
Jeff Idelson has been appointed as Interim President of the Baseball Hall of Fame through August 15, 2021. Idelson, who served as the Hall of Fame’s President from 2008-2019, begins in this role on Saturday, May 15.
On April 16, Hall of Fame President Tim Mead announced that he would be leaving the organization in mid-May, nearly two years after succeeding Idelson in that role. Idelson had retired from his position as President after 25 years with the Hall of Fame, including an 11-year tenure as the Museum’s President.
The Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors has also appointed a Search Committee, which will identify the Museum’s next President. The members of the Committee are Jane Forbes Clark, as Chair, Commissioner Rob Manfred, Dr. Harvey Schiller, and Hall of Fame Member Cal Ripken, Jr.