Michael J. Fox appeared on David Letterman to debut the first pair of Marty McFly Nike’s, first worn by the actor in Back to the Future Part II. Proceeds will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
Michael J. Fox proudly showed off the first pair of Nike Air Mags, the shoes worn by his character Marty McFly in Back to the Future Part II, to David Letterman on his show Sept. 8.
Fifteen hundred pairs of the shoes are now up on eBay , with all proceeds from the sales going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
The first pair just sold for $37,500 at an auction in Los Angeles on Thursday evening, and some eBay bids are as high as $9,000.
For ten days, 150 pairs of shoes are going up for auction. But unless you’ve got some serious change for these self-lacing babies, don’t even bother to bid. Some of the minimum bids are $5,000.
Said Fox on Letterman, “This brings together three populations of major Joneses. The sneakerheads, the Back to the Future people, who, believe me, are out of their minds, and the people in the Parkinson’s community, who have an interest in research.”
He then went on to reveal that Google’s co-founder, Sergey Brin, ws going to match up to $50 million of the proceeds raised through 2012 for research.
In an interview with MTV.com, Back to the Future writer Bob Gale spoke about the development of the shoe and how it connects back to the 1989 movie.
Gale stated, “BTTF2 producers Bob Zemeckis, Frank Marshall and I were approached by Nike saying what they wanted to do was see if they could develop the actual shoe from Back to the Future Part II. They expected to do various versions building up to 2015 and would make sure it would all benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation. ”
He continued, “Back in 1989, there was no technology to make them light up or be power laced. We had a guy off camera who pulled wires and tightened the shoes. Nike figured they better figure out how to do that for real rather than have some guy follow you around all day when you want to lace ’em.”
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