The instantly recognizable Armadillo boots from Alexander McQueen’s spring/summer 2010 collection show Plato’s Atlantis will be auctioned off by Christie’s this month. Three pairs of the iconic footwear have been specially remade to raise funds in support of UNICEF relief efforts in Nepal.

Originally created for the catwalk, McQueen’s Armadillo boots never actually went into production. Only 21 pairs are in existence, several of them currently on display at the Savage Beauty exhibition at the V&A museum in London.

Plato’s Atlantis was the last collection Lee McQueen completed before his death in February 2010. The designer’s futuristic spectacle was inspired by Darwin’s theories of evolution and contemporary concerns about global warming. The Armadillo boots, aptly named for their armour-like appearance, are widely considered to be one of the most iconic pieces created by McQueen in his lifetime.

The auction will take place from July 14 – 23 via All proceeds from the sale will go to UNICEF’s fund supporting Nepal relief efforts.

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