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One Buyer Now Owns 99 of 100 Rarest Sneakers in History

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Sotheby’s has sold 99 out of 100 pairs of rare sneakers less than a week after presenting the “Ultimate Sneaker Collection” for auction.

The auction, which began July 11 and closes July 23, is a collaboration between Sotheby’s and sneaker marketplace Stadium Goods. It features 100 of the rarest sneakers in history, with some kicks priced at more than 6-figures.

The big buyer is Miles Spencer Nadal, the Founder and Executive Chairman of the private investment firm Peerage Capital and the philanthropic initiative Dare to Dream. Nadal originally offered to buy all 100 shoes, but the coveted Nike Waffle Racing Flat “Moon Shoe” will remain up for bidding until the auction’s official close, as per request of the consigner. Sotheby’s estimates this shoe will sell for over $110,000.

“I have always been an avid enthusiast and appreciator of unique art and collectibles that represent innovative design, exceptional craftsmanship, and new and exciting trends in pop culture,” says Nadal. “I am excited to showcase these magnificent sneakers”.

Nadal plans to display the sneakers in his private museum, along with his collection of over 142 cars and 40 motorcycles.

Here is just a sample of the goodies Nadal will be taking home come July 23, assuming someone does not outbid him for Nike’s ‘Moon Shoe’:

The 1972 Nike Waffle Racing Flat ‘Moon Shoe’

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The most historically significant pair in the collection, The Nike ‘Moon Shoe,’ was created circa 1972 for runners in that year’s Olympic trials. They were designed by Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman and were handmade by one of Nike’s first employees, Geoff Hollister.

Its careful construction gives these shoes some special handmade qualities, including shear markings from scissors near the soles and a hand-stitched ‘swoosh’, not to mention textured soles that were molded with a waffle iron. Only about 12 pairs were created, and Sotheby’s is showcasing the only pair known to exist in unworn condition. They are estimating the shoe to sell for $110,000 to $160,000 — a sum big enough to buy a Maserati.

‘Back to the Future II’ Nike Mags

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Any fans of ‘Back to the Future’ will recognize the Nike Mags. These are the sneakers Marty McFly donned in Back to the Future Part II — you know, the ones that were able to lace themselves. While the 2011 release of the pair looks basically the same to the ones in the movie, including the high-cut and futuristic light up features, they were missing one key element – the auto lacing.

In 2015, the year McFly time travels to in Back to the Future Part II, Nike rereleased the sneaker, and this time, the shoes were able to tighten themselves. Sotheby’s gave the 2011 pair a starting bid of $11,000 and the 2016 pair one of $40,000.

Air Jordan 11 Jeter

The Air Jordan 11 Jeters are dedicated to one of New York’s favorite Yankees. Only five pairs were made, and all of them were given out at a pop-up shop near Yankee Stadium the day of Derek Jeter’s retirement ceremony in 2017. Nike distributed the limited pairs by using a scratch-off lottery system. The Jeter is one of the rarest Air Jordan 11s ever produced, earning the blue suede sneakers a $30,000 starting bid.

Though you missed out on your chance to own all but one of the pieces in the “Ultimate Sneaker Collection”, you still have a chance to admire Nadal’s new shoe rack. The sneakers will be on display at Sotheby’s until July 23.

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A Years-Old Instagram Hoax Is Back — And It’s Tricking Celebrities and Politicians

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A years-old hoax is making the rounds on Instagram again, claiming the social media company is about to change its rules in order to access users’ photos, NBC News reports

Users of the Facebook-owned social network, including celebrities and politicians, have fallen victim to the hoax, which says that images uploaded to Instagram “can be used in court cases in litigation against you.”

“Everything you’ve ever posted becomes public from today,” the hoax message says, “even messages that have been deleted or the photos not allowed.”

The message ends, “Instagram DOES NOT HAVE MY PERMISSION TO SHARE PHOTOS OR MESSAGES.”

Those sharing the fake message included Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, the actors Julianne Moore, Julia Roberts and Rob Lowe, rapper Waka Flocka Flame and singer Usher. By Wednesday morning, many of those who had posted the hoax had deleted the image.

Officials at Instagram have publicly stated that the message is fake, that it has not updated its rules and that it will not use the images in court.

“If you’re seeing a meme claiming Instagram is changing its rules tomorrow, it’s not true,” Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, wrote on Twitter.

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De Niro Company Claims Ex-Worker Binged ‘Astounding’ Hours of Netflix on Job, Sues for $6 Million

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Robert De Niro’s company, Canal Productions, filed a lawsuit Saturday against a former employee asking for $6 million for allegedly “breaching her fiduciary duties.”

The employee allegedly charged hundreds of thousands of dollars of personal expenses on the company card, transferred millions of company frequent flyer miles to her own account and spent hours of work time binge-watching Netflix, among other allegations in the lawsuit seen by NBC News.

The company is suing Graham Chase Robinson, its former vice president of production & finance, for “breaching her fiduciary duties, violation of the faithless service doctrine and conversion,” according the complaint filed in New York. Robinson was promoted to her position around 2017, which included the task of assuring employees weren’t misusing company funds per De Niro’s own request, according to the lawsuit.

“Robinson’s position required Mr. De Niro to place full faith, trust and confidence in her that she would carry out her duties and responsibilities in Canal’s best interests, mindfully overseeing the finances and other employees,” the lawsuit said.

But Robinson allegedly charged hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal expenses on Canal’s American Express card, improperly used the company’s petty cash fund to pay for personal items, submitted false information in order to be paid for 96 days of “unused” vacation time, and spent company time “binge-watching astounding hours of TV shows on Netflix.”

“For example, over the 4-day period between Tuesday, January 8 and Friday, January 11, 2019, 55 episodes of ‘Friends’ were accessed (which carried over to an impressive 32 episodes on Saturday, January 12 alone),” the lawsuit said.

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Cardi B Blasts NYPD in Profanity-Laced Instagram Tirade

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Cardi B blasted the NYPD Tuesday night in a profanity-laced Instagram video.

Apparently the dust-up occurred when, according to the rapper, the NYPD allegedly assisted in shutting down a back-to-school event hosted by her friend.

In the video, Cardi B accused the police department of scaring off the principal of the Brownsville school where her friend planned to host a back-to-school drive next week.

“I find that s–t so f—– up by the NYPD … it’s like this is really for the kids; Shorty was really coming out her pockets, just to help the community, and it was for kids to have a fun, positive day,” Cardi fumed in the video.

But she was just getting started.

“I just find that s— so f—– up. And f— you and motherf—— suck a fart and suffocate on it. F— you!” she said and flipped a middle finger to the camera.

Cardi B, who will soon be starring opposite Jennifer Lopez in the feature film “Hustlers,” has an ongoing felony assault case in New York stemming from an alleged attack on two bartenders at a strip club.

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