The eBay auctions for the much hyped shoes worn by Marty McFly in Back to the Future Part II, created by Nike, have ended and the sale raised $5.7 million for the Michael J. Fox Foundation and Parkinson Disease research. The shoes were highly sought after by shoe collectors and Back to the Future fans alike. Rappers Kanye West and Tinie Tempah both purchased a pair. Only 1,500 pairs of the shoes were created and Nike matched the purchase price for each pair sold. Michael J. Fox promoted the shoes leading up to the auction on various television programs. It was great to see the Michael J. Fox Foundation and Nike team up and create an awesome collectable while raising much needed research funds.
In Back to the Future, Part II, Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel to the year 2015. In that year we see the future of technology, or at least people in the 1980s thought the future would look like. Futuristic items such as flying cars have yet to be invented. One object of interest from the movie has always ben Marty’s Nikes. Doc outfits Marty in 2015 clothing, including a self-lacing pair of Nike shoes. Yesterday, Nike announced they have produced 1500 pairs of the shoes, dubbed the Nike MAG 2015, and will auction them off for charity on eBay. The down side….they do not have power laces. They light up and are identical to those used in the film, but Nike could not deliver on power laces.
Nike will be selling 150 pair per day for the next 10 days. All procedes will go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation to further Parkinson’s disease research. All money raised from the eBay auctions will be matched by Nike.
UPDATE: Nike has added photos of the shoes with the BTTF DeLorean Time Machine. The first set of 150 have been added to eBay and are selling for $4,000 – $5,000, although, they still have 15 hours remaining.
Yesterday, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 become the top grossing Harry Potter film and is well on its way at breaking other records as well. Death Hallows 2 already had a record opening weekend in the US, but with the release of the film in other countries, including China, a week away, the number is only going to climb. Will Death Hallows 2 break Avatar’s record for highest grossing film of all time?
It seems appropriate that this happened the day before J. K. Rowling’s (and Harry Potter’s) birthday!
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was released last Friday, and, being the final movies of the series, it was expected to do well. Since opening, it has made $168 Million domestically and $478 million worldwide. The domestic total breaks the opening weekend record of $158 million set by TheDark Knight. Will it break Avatar’s record of being the highest grossing movie of all time? There is a great possibility.