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Top 10 most expensive sneakers in the world. Photo: Wealthy Gorilla

Sneakers can become particularly valuable in the case of limited edition models or special collaborations, but the rarest of the rare are sneakers that are tied with particular sporting moments, like game-worn basketball shoes. However, the criteria for a collectible sneaker doesn't stop there. KnowInsider has rounded up a comprehensive list of the 10 most expensive pairs ever sold, including sneakers from the silver screen, historic innovations, and a number of models that graced the feet of the most talented athletes we've ever known.

Here are the top 10 most expensive sneakers in the world:

1. Solid Gold OVO x Air Jordans – $2 Million

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It’s a bit of a steep jump from second to the first position, but if you’re thinking of spending $100,000 on a pair of sneakers anyway, then you may as well go one better.

There had to be a day when a pair of sneakers were coated in 24k gold, and that day finally came when Drake collab with Nike to make the Solid Gold OVO x Air Jordan. They were created by American artist Matthew Senna and each shoe weighs 50lbs! $2 Million seems like a good deal with all things considered.

2. Michael Jordan’s Game Worn Converse Fastbreak – $190,373

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Arguably the most expensive game-worn sneakers ever, Michael Jordans Converse Fastbreaks sold for $190,000.

In 1984, team USA won gold at the Olympics in Los Angeles. Decades later, a pair of Converse Fastbreaks signed by Michael Jordan came up for auction. Originally only expected to reach $100,000, the auction far surpassed every sneaker-heads imagination! Who’d of thought a pair of converse could be worth $190,000!

3. Buscemi 100 MM Diamond – $132,000

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Coming in at number three on our list of the most expensive sneakers ever made are the Buscemi 100 MM Diamonds. Loaded with 11.5 carats of diamonds and set in 18-karat gold, these shoes aren’t for the faint-hearted.

If you’re looking for a fresh pair of white kicks, and fancy something totally unique, then cough up $132,000 and they’re yours!

4. Air Jordan 12 (Flu Game) – $104,000

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Not quite in the top three, but pretty close, are the Air Jordan 12 Flu Games.

Once mentioned as the most expensive Jordans in the world; the price really derives from the fact that Michael Jordan wore the sneakers in the infamous “Flu Game,” – a game which he played while having the flu. Selling for $104,000, these are also one of the rarest shoes on the planet!

5. Air Jordan 12 OVO (Drake Edition) – $100,000

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The Air Jordan 12 OVO has always been a popular shoe, however, the Drake edition blew the doors off its hinges, selling for $100,000 on eBay!

Popular with a lot of sports stars, rappers and major celebrities, the Drake edition OVO’s are only really attainable to the rich and famous. $100,000 makes this one of the most expensive sneakers ever made!

6. Diamond Encrusted Air Force 1 – $50,000

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If you have expensive taste, and like diamonds, then you’re going to love Big Boi’s Diamond Encrusted Air Force 1’s. Not the rarest of shoes in the world, nor worn by any major ballers, instead, these shoes are covered in champagne diamonds, which is why they cost $50,000.

Wearing a pair of shoes like this might attract the wrong kind of attention, which is why Big Boi auctioned off his kicks to raise money for his Foundation.

7. Air Jordan 11 ‘Jeter’ – $40,000

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To commemorate Derek Jetter’s retirement in 2017, the Jordan Brand released five pairs of navy velvet Air Jordan 11s, in a pop-up shop auction near Yankee Stadium. The sneakers have the famed number “2” on the heel in white, which compliments the navy suede surround.

But it would probably be best to forget about ever owning a pair of these, as three of the five pairs are locked up in US consignment stores, and the remaining two pairs would cost a small fortune – that’s even if the owner would sell!

8. Air Jordan 2 OG – $31,000

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Yet another Air Jordon on the list, the 2 OG is a coveted part of sneaker history, which is why it can command such a high price. Not the most good-looking of shoes it has to be said, but you nonetheless, you can rock this shoe with a ton of different outfits and look fresh all day long. $31,000 and they’re yours!

9. Eminem x Carhartt Air Jordan 4 – $30,000

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Like most artists, Eminem loves his sneakers. He’s created a few nice limited-edition collaborations before, so when he was invited to collab with Carhartt, things were about to get real. They only made 10 pairs in total and were one of the first shoes ever to be directly sold through eBay.

All the proceeds went to Michigan State University’s music school. Altogether, sneaker-heads spent over $227,000 on the 10 pairs!

10. DJ Khaled x Air Jordan 3 ‘Grateful’ – $25,000

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Whether you love him or hate him, DJ Khaled’s Air Jordan 3 Grateful’s are just dope!

We don’t need to tell you that you’re going to need some incredibly deep pockets if you want to bag yourself a pair of these.

Only a few months after release, the striking red sneakers were retailing for $16,000 and $25,000!

11 Interesting Facts about Sneakers:

1. Men were the first people to wear heels.

2. Platform shoes used to be worn by Greek actors to signify status.

3. Sneakers got their name because their rubber soles do not make noise.

4. The red sole on Louboutins are inspired by an Andy Warhol drawing.

5. Your salary might determine the type of shoes you wear to work.

6. There's more to your shoe addiction than just trying to keep up with trends.

7. Audrey Hepburn could be credited with bringing loafers into style.

8. Dr. Martens were originally considered practical working men's boots for their air-cushioned soles.

9. Salvatore Ferragamo invented the wedge shoe when Italy was suffering from closed trade with other countries.

10. Havaianas are inspired by Japanese sandals.

11. Even though hardly any photos of him exist on the Internet, Jeffrey Campbell is a real person.

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