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Trainers designed by Virgil Abloh to go under the hammer at charity auction

The prolific fashion designer died in November.

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Virgil Abloh (Ian West/PA)

Virgil Abloh (Ian West/PA)

Virgil Abloh (Ian West/PA)

Two hundred pairs of special trainers created by the late fashion designer Virgil Abloh are to go under the hammer to raise money for his scholarship fund.

Abloh died in November aged 41 after privately battling cancer since 2019.

The trainers are a collaboration between French fashion house Louis Vuitton, where he was an artistic director, and Nike’s Air Force 1 project and come with an accompanying pilot case.

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The Louis Vuitton and Nike “Air Force 1” by Virgil Abloh_4

The Louis Vuitton and Nike “Air Force 1” by Virgil Abloh_4

The Louis Vuitton and Nike “Air Force 1” by Virgil Abloh_4

Prior to his death, Abloh was involved in organising the auction at Sotheby’s in New York and the event is now going ahead in association with his family.

With a starting bid of 2,000 US dollars (£1,465), the trainers are made of calf leather and embellished with Louis Vuitton’s monogram.

Proceeds will be donated to Abloh’s Post-Modern Scholarship Fund, which he founded in July 2020 and offers scholarships to students of black, African-American and African descent.

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The Louis Vuitton and Nike “Air Force 1” by Virgil Abloh_1

The Louis Vuitton and Nike “Air Force 1” by Virgil Abloh_1

The Louis Vuitton and Nike “Air Force 1” by Virgil Abloh_1

The Illinois-born designer’s death prompted a wave of tributes from famous fans and collaborators including Kanye West, Drake, Pharrell Williams, Victoria Beckham and Gigi Hadid.

Abloh was creative director of rapper West’s creative agency, Donda.

He also made history as the first African-American to lead French luxury brand Louis Vuitton.

Abloh was diagnosed with cardiac angiosarcoma – a rare, aggressive form of cancer – in 2019.

Bidding is open from January 26 to February 8 at Sothebys.com.

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