The late DJ AM's collection of super-cool kicks headed for EBay -- today!
I'd heard that the late Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein, who passed away in August at age 36, was a sneakerhead, but I didn't realize how hard-core he was until I started researching the world of sneaker collecting for a story that appears in today's shoe-themed Image section.
When I was asking around for alpha dogs of the L.A. sneaker scene, several people were quick to mention Goldstein and his renowned collection of nearly 900 pairs of kicks. One of the folks who mentioned the celebrity disc jockey-club owner was Matt Halfhill, founder and editor of sneaker blog NiceKicks.com, and we wondered aloud what might have happened to his extensive sneaker collection.
As the Image section was going to press, we got our answer: More than 800 pairs of limited-edition shoes from that collection will go up for auction on EBay beginning today at 4:30 p.m. and running through Dec. 14 at www.ebay.com/djamshoes.
All proceeds will go to the DJ AM Memorial Fund, an organization described as "maintain[ing] the legacy of Adam Goldstein through extending his commitment to helping others struggling with addiction." Through an organization called Creative Visions, the funds are earmarked for groups and projects that deal with issues of addiction and recovery.
Among the lot of "dead stock" (sneakerhead parlance for brand-new, in-the-box, unworn shoes) and slightly worn sneakers are said to be a pair of Nike PlayStation Air Force 1s (Nike made only 200 pairs exclusively for a PlayStation party), a pair of Eminem Air Jordan 4s (only 50 pairs, commemorating Eminem's "Encore" album, were made, and pairs have reportedly changed hands for as much as $7,500), Supreme Dunks, Supa Dunks Air Jordan PE's ("PE" stands for "player exclusives," shoes made solely for an athlete but never intended for general release) and all kinds of vintage and retro pieces.
During the auction, 18 of the most exclusive pairs will be on display at the three L.A.-area Undefeated stores (La Brea, Santa Monica and Silver Lake), including Jay Z Air Force 1s, Zoo York Dunks, Pharrell Williams N.E.R.D Dunks and Tiffany Dunks.
The DJ AM Memorial Fund Charity Auction starts today at 4:30 p.m. PST and runs through Dec. 14, with new shoes added every evening through the first week in December.
-- Adam Tschorn
Photo: The late Adam Goldstein, aka DJ AM, surrounded by some of the rare and limited-edition shoes from his collection of 800-plus. Credit: The estate of Goldstein