Birkenstocks worn by Apple founder Steve Jobs are expected to fetch up to $80,000 at auction


Birkenstocks worn by Apple founder Steve Jobs as part of his ‘uniform’ in the 1970s and 80s are expected to fetch up to $80,000 at auction – old, worn sandals were saved from the trash by his private chef

  • A pair of worn, old Birkenstock sandals worn by Apple founder Steve Jobs are up for auction this week 
  • The grungy sandals are expected to fetch between $60,000 to $80,000, according to Julien’s Auctions 
  • Jobs wore the sandals as part of his ‘uniform’ in the 1970s and 80s
  • The sandals were last up for auction in 2016 when they sold to an anonymous party for a mere $3,400 

A pair of old, used Birkenstock sandals belonging to Apple founder Steve Jobs – who popularized the idea of tech executives wearing the same basic outfit in public appearances – is up for auction. 

Julien’s Auctions, which is conducting the auction starting Friday, expects the worn sandals to fetch between $60,000 and $80,000. Bids begin at $15,000 to own a piece of Jobs’ daily uniform.

The grungy sandals were worn by Jobs in the 1970s and 80s and saved from the trash by Mark Sheff, a chef who managed one of the technologist’s properties in Albany, California, in the 1980s. 

A pair of old, used Birkenstock sandals belonging to Apple founder Steve Jobs – who popularized the idea of tech executives wearing the same basic outfit in public appearances – is up for auction

Julien's Auctions, which is conducting the auction starting Friday, expects the worn sandals to fetch between $60,000 and $80,000

Julien’s Auctions, which is conducting the auction starting Friday, expects the worn sandals to fetch between $60,000 and $80,000

According to the description on Julien’s Auctions: ‘The sandals have been a part of multiple exhibitions, including but not limited to Salone del Mobile in Milano, Italy in 2017, at the Birkenstock Headquarters in Rahms, Germany in 2017, at Birkenstock’s first United States store in SoHo, New York, at IMM Koln, a furniture fair in Cologne, Germany, Zeit Event Berlin for the magazine Die Zeit in 2018, and most recently with the History Museum Wurttemberg in Stuttgart, Germany.

‘During the sandals’ display with Birkenstock company, Steve Jobs’s ex-partner (and mother of Steve Jobs’s first child, Lisa Brennan-Jobs) Chrisann Brennan had the opportunity to view, hold and talk about this iconic staple of his wardrobe while being filmed. 

‘She got emotional and excited to be reunited with and hold Steve Jobs’s iconic sandals after three decades. In an interview with Vogue titled ‘Apple Meets Birkenstock,’ Brennan mentions: “The sandals were part of his simple side. They were his uniform. The great thing about a uniform is that you don’t have to worry about what to wear in the morning.”‘

'"The sandals were part of his simple side. They were his uniform. The great thing about a uniform is that you don’t have to worry about what to wear in the morning.” Jobs ex-partner Chrisann Brennan said

”The sandals were part of his simple side. They were his uniform. The great thing about a uniform is that you don’t have to worry about what to wear in the morning.’ Jobs ex-partner Chrisann Brennan said

‘She continued, “He would never have done or bought anything just to stand out from others. He was simply convinced of the intelligence and practicality of the design and the comfort of wearing it. And in Birkenstocks he didn’t feel like a businessman, so he had the freedom to think creatively.”’

Sheff explained that the collection he ended up with, which included the sandals, was ‘quite random’ in a comment to Yahoo in 2016.   

Bidding begins at 10 am ET on Friday and the winner will also receive a free NFT of the sandals. 

The sandals were last up for auction in 2016 when they sold to an anonymous party for a mere $3,400. 

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