These Unreleased Drake Air Jordan IVs Should go For 20K+

Images via Sotheby's

Words by Michael Conway

Sotheby's auction house is an institution when it comes to the ultra-rare and once in a while, they give sneakerheads a reason to visit their website, goading us on with the rarest and most expensive kicks to date. This time a special unreleased Drake Air Jordan IV has got the eyes of most 'heads.

Originally a prototype from 1989, the Air Jordan 4 "Splatter" never hit the shelves. The sneaker resurfaced in 2017, a sample in the hands of Drake but never saw a release date or official OVO collab. With a fresh take on the "Bred" colorway, "Splatter" added just that to parts of the back midsole and heel (featuring Nike Air branding) as well as a white material contrast on the underlay. Special Drake-themed details are minimal and hidden -- Drake's signature OVO owl sits behind the heel tabs while OVO/6 God branding lays beneath the insoles.

The bidding gets underway today, Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 6:00 p.m. EST via Sothebys.com. The sneakers are size 11, Drake's size, but you probably won't want to put these on. A bid can be placed right now for 19K.

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