Sotheby’s sale of 200 pairs of Nike/Louis Vuitton “Air Force 1” sneakers created by the late designer Virgil Abloh fetched a total of U$25.3 million, more than eight times the sales’ high estimate.

The dedicated online sale ran from Jan. 26 through Feb. 9. Abloh, a fashion designer and entrepreneur who had served as the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection since 2018, was involved in the early organization of the auction, Sotheby’s said.

He died of cancer in November at age 41. The sale marked the first release of his designs for the spring-summer 2022 collection.

The shoes came in men’s sizes from 5 to 18, each pair featuring calf leather embellished with Louis Vuitton’s emblematic monogram and damier patterns with natural cowhide piping.

The auction had a 100% sell-through rate. A total of more than 10,000 bids across the sale, with an average of 52 bids per lot, Sotheby’s said.

Additionally, more than two-thirds of bidders were under 40; and more than 40% of the buyers were from Asia.

The most expensive lot was the only size 5 pair, selling for US$352,800.

Each of the 200 pairs of sneakers carried a presale estimate of between US$5,000 and US$150,000, with the total valued between US$1 million and US$3 million.

Proceeds from this sale will benefit The Virgil Abloh “Post-Modern” Scholarship Fund, which supports the education of Black students and students of African descent worldwide.

“ We are proud that thousands of students will be able to benefit from the proceeds, allowing us to continue to uphold Virgil’s mission to inspire and support future generations,” Michael Burke, chairman and CEO of Louis Vuitton, said in a release.

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