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How much are they worth??


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#1 Guest_Tat_*

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Posted 03 June 2001 - 06:05 PM

I just recently attended an ABT performance and at intermission i was looking at some of the autographed pointe shoes for sale and i noticed that Julie Kent's shoes were being sold for less than Gillian Murphy's and also Paloma Hererras?? Is her technique worse or is it because the other two are perhaps younger and more up and coming?? :confused:

#2 Dance Fan

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Posted 04 June 2001 - 12:12 AM

I don't know if Kent's shoes are worth less than the other dancers. But at least she got some use out of them. When ABT appeared in Chicago a few years ago, some of the dancers made an appearance at a department store downtown, and handed out signed, brand new, unused pointe shoes to each person in line! I found this a shocking waste of resources for a company that is constantly in fundraising mode.

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Posted 04 June 2001 - 08:39 AM

however, just to act as devil's advocate, the shoes may have been special order shoes that did not come out properly and therefore were not usable by the dancer, or something like that.

#4 leibling

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Posted 04 June 2001 - 11:06 AM

That could be true- I know that we have done that here in Miami- using unwearable shoes to sign and give away. Most dancers wouldn't dare to give away their good shoes as it can take months to receive more.

#5 dancersteven

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Posted 04 June 2001 - 05:40 PM

RE: Julie Kent's Shoes Pricing:
It could just be a supply and demand thing. Either they do not sell as well (low demand), or Julie uses up more shoes quickly (high supply), or maybe Murphy and Herrera do not give all of their shoes to be sold and Julie does. Just a thought. . .

S.

#6 Yvonne

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Posted 04 June 2001 - 05:44 PM

Tat, how much were the various shoes going for? I'm curious. I would LOVE to have a pair of Julie Kent's, but can't afford them on eBay (and they don't come up for auction very often). A pair of Susan Jaffe's shoes are currently up to a $56.00 bid. I wondered why they looked as if they hadn't been danced in - maybe they were defective.

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Posted 05 June 2001 - 01:59 PM

At the NYCB gift shop, the cost depends on rank.
Principals=50
Soloists=25
Corps=5
(This went up a year or two ago from the 25/10/5 that it had been for years).

So, Wendy Whelan (hard to come by) shoes go for the same as Miranda Weese (who recently gave the gift shop a huge supply).

The first shoes to go tend to be the up-and-coming corps members' shoes-- an investment, I guess!

Just some more info. to add to the mix.
-amanda

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Posted 05 June 2001 - 02:37 PM

I think they would be worth whatever you wouuld want to pay for them value is only ehat you can recieve.

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Posted 03 July 2001 - 10:11 AM

Bumping this topic back up briefly, to say that a pair of Merrill Ashley's signed Capezio pointe shoes just sold at auction for a final bid of $400.00! I was suprised....that amount surpassed the last pair of Farrell's shoes that were auctioned on eBay.

If anyone is still wondering how they are going to pay for their summer vaction getaway, just get in your closet and dig out all those old (autographed) pointe shoes! ;)

#10 Melissa

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Posted 03 July 2001 - 10:59 AM

Feel free to throw tomatoes at me, but when I was a Summer Intern at ABT in 1991 I was given a pair of Alessandra Ferri's signed pointe shoes for free. Her feet are remarkably tiny.

#11 checkwriter

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Posted 03 July 2001 - 11:10 AM

ABT's pricing is stratospheric compared to NYCB! We saw principals' shoes priced at anywhere from $400 to $1000 a pair. Keep in mind, of course, that what they're really seeking is a donation. But I'm also told the prices are higher at the balcony stand than on the lower level. But for those prices you'd expect that they'd at least personalize them for you . . . or come over some Thursday night and twirl around once or twice on your back porch, leaving the shoes behind.

#12 samba38

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Posted 04 July 2001 - 02:25 PM

Yvonne, I love your resale idea. I could cover a chunk of kiddo's SI bill with the stock on her dresser -- of course she would kill me first!

#13 lara

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Posted 07 July 2001 - 12:36 PM

So are the men's shoes ever put up for sale? I personally would love a pair from Corella!

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Posted 08 July 2001 - 02:28 PM

One of my friends studio has "connections" with the Bolshoi and they get some of the used pointe shoes from Bolshoi dancers and let the students use them as soft shoes. And my friend has NINA ANANIASHVILI's pointe shoes!! I still think the idea is so strange though, because the shoes have already been moulded to someone else's feet. Also, why doesn't the company do as ABT and NYCB and sell them to fans for extra $? Oh well, I was green with envy to say the least.
At NBoC pointe shoes go for $50 ( principal), $25 ( soloist) and $15 ( corps). Sometimes they include the performance the shoes were worn in, so you can buy the shoes that you saw a dancer wear on stage. They also sell mens ballet slippers (sanshas, dyed in lots of different colours). Forget how much the cost, but sweaty canvas slippers don't seem to have the same allure as pretty satin pointe shoes!

#15 lara

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Posted 09 July 2001 - 12:56 AM

Well it depends on whose sweaty feet those canvas shoes were on! ;)

Lara


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