Eminem is auctioning off a rare pair of sneakers for coronavirus relief.
The 47-year-old rapper – whose real name is Marshall Mathers III – has donated a pair of his highly coveted Jordan 4 Retro ‘Carhartt x Eminem’ sneakers to shoe auction site StockX, with the money raised going to provide relief amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The footwear is one of only a handful of pairs in existence, and the auction comes after Eminem first debuted the shoe back in 2015 when he made just 10 pairs available for bidding on eBay, where proceeds went to his Marshall Mathers Foundation.
Ever since the first auction five years ago, only a few pairs have made it to Eminem’s family and friends, and any pairs that have made it to resale in the past have been sold for more than $20,000. According to Footwear News, “past pairs of the Jordan 4 Retro “Carhartt x Eminem” have gone for between $20,000 and $28,000 on the StockX website.”
The lucky bidder of Eminem’s latest auction will also receive a vintage ‘Detroit Slim’ shirt.
Revealing the news on social media, the ‘Real Slim Shady’ hitmaker wrote: “Cleanin’ out my closet… donating extra pair of my @Jumpman23 @Carhartt 4’s along with a vintage T to @stockx. Proceeds go to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. http://shady.sr/StockX “
Each ticket for the auction costs $10, and hopeful bidders can buy as many tickets as they want to increase their chances of winning.
Meanwhile, Eminem recently showed his charitable side when he donated pots of “Mom’s Spaghetti” to healthcare workers at the Henry Ford Health System Hospital in Detroit.
A post on the medical facility’s Instagram account read: “Our #HealthcareHeroes ‘lost themselves’ in the delicious Mom’s Spaghetti donated by Detroit’s very own, @eminem.
“Thank you for providing a special meal for our team members!”
The spaghetti pots featured Shady logos at the bottom and were labelled with the words “Thank you Frontline Caregivers.”
The name ‘Mom’s Spaghetti’ comes from the lyrics to Eminem’s 2002 track ‘Lose Yourself’, in which he sings: “His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy / there’s vomit on his sweater already – mom’s spaghetti.”