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eBay Museum of Authentics Melbourne Event Recap
eBay Museum of Authentics Melbourne Event Recap
eBay Museum of Authentics Melbourne Event Recap
eBay Museum of Authentics Melbourne Event Recap
,eBay Museum of Authentics Melbourne Event Recap
eBay Museum of Authentics Melbourne Event Recap
eBay Museum of Authentics Melbourne Event Recap
eBay Museum of Authentics Melbourne Event Recap
eBay Museum of Authentics Melbourne Event Recap
eBay Museum of Authentics Melbourne Event Recap

eBay’s Museum of Authentics Exhibited Real Sneaker Heat

This past weekend Melbourne played host to eBay’s Museum of Authentics, an event which showcased over 100 of the rarest sneakers unearthed from the vaults of local collectors. It’s not often that the shoes from the collections of the scene’s biggest names and deepest diggers are in the same room, so it was a formidable display to behold.

Hundreds of passionate sneakerheads, curious onlookers and local media descended on the doors of Neon Parc in the inner city suburb of Brunswick to check out the interesting wares. The notoriously unpredictable Melbourne weather kept its nerve for the three-day event, delivering mild conditions for visitors to look at an eclectic curation of sneakers. Game-worn and autographed Jordans, vintage Nike runners dating back to the 1970s, some of the rarest New Balance collaborations ever, and adidas oddities were just some of the categories featured in the triple-digit viewing program.

The event also showed off eBay’s Authenticity Guarantee, providing a behind-the-scenes look at the scrutiny the marketplace’s expert authenticators put shoes through, to ensure that users have peace of mind when purchasing.

eBay Museum of Authentics Melbourne Event Recap
eBay Museum of Authentics Melbourne Event Recap
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eBay Museum of Authentics Melbourne Event Recap
eBay Museum of Authentics Melbourne Event Recap
eBay Museum of Authentics Melbourne Event Recap
eBay Museum of Authentics Melbourne Event Recap
eBay Museum of Authentics Melbourne Event Recap

Kicking off the Museum of Authentics' opening night was a Q&A panel – MC’d by Sneaker Freaker founder and editor-in-chief, Woody – featuring ACG aficionado Shelly Carr; touring DJ YO! MAFIA; Jordan collector Michael Fan; and special guest, direct from the US, Yeezy footwear innovation designer Cesar Idrobo. The rolling conversation covered classic sneakerhead icebreakers like first-love pairs, selling regrets, before venturing into deeper existential territory: pondering what it means to be authentic. Answers were shared, gossip was spilled and passion was confessed. Like the shoes on show, the speakers kept it real.

The panellists also had their own contributions to display through the event. Fan arguably had the lion’s share of crazy rare basketball shoes yanked straight from the NBA hardwood; Idrobo also exhibited his handmade, one-of-one eBay sneaker prototype, which looked like something completely out of this universe and timeline! Of course, Sneaker Freaker were also on deck with a generous selection of obscurities from the archive, plus a comprehensive pick of past colabs and never-before-seen samples.

A merch stand selling a collaborative t-shirt from Perks and Mini, plus a custom ‘Authentique’ candle – said to smell of 'the intoxicating scent of new sneakers' when lit – meant guests didn’t leave empty handed. And if they were still fiending for their footwear fix, it’s safe to say many went straight to eBay to find their next grail!

Until next time, Melbourne!

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