Would you pay $25,000 – around £17,350 – for a pair of sunglasses? That’s the ‘Buy It Now’ price one eBay user has put on a pair of rare, and some might say iconic, Oakley C Six sunglasses.
Unworn and still with the original box, the pair is number 93 in a limited edition of 250 and has tunsgsten iridium polarised lenses.
Introduced in 2009, the C Six cost a cool $4,000 when first launched and was the model worn (in yellow and black Livestrong colours) by Lance Armstrong in his comeback Tour de France with Astana.
Northamptonshire-based Crosby Composites, which operates mainly in the Formula 1 and aerospace sectors, spent three years working with Oakley to develop the frames.
Like Nike trainers, Oakley attracts collectors – Mark Cavendish is one, and a huge fan of the brand dating back to before it sponsored him – so the C Six’s appearance on eBay is bound to garner interest.
What it hasn’t attracted as yet is a single bid – though 16 people are watching.
Here’s a link to some reviews of the C Six on an Oakley collectors’ forum.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.