Kanye West’s Prototype Yeezys Are Expected to Become the Most Expensive Sneakers Ever Sold
The kicks that kickstarted Kanye West's Yeezy empire could soon be millionaires.
The sneakers that were the prototypes for the Yeezy line have just been released for private sale at Sotheby's, with a staggering estimate of over $ 1 million. The Kicks were developed by the rapper and Mark Smith for Nike and are considered to be the most valuable sneakers that have ever appeared in the famous auction house. They will be offered from next Monday.
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Ye premiered the shoes on stage at the 2008 Grammys, where he performed his hits "Hey Mama" and "Stronger" and then claimed four of the awards. In the years that followed, West worked with Nike on countless Air Yeezy releases before signing a multi-year deal with Adidas in 2013. Now a global phenomenon, sneaker brand Yeezy had sales of around $ 1.7 billion Forbes in 2020.
The original Nike Air Yeezy marked a critical moment in sneaker design as the kicks were designed for an artist rather than an athlete and had a completely new silhouette. They also spawned the coveted line.
"This pair is critical to the development of the Yeezy franchise, which has become one of the most important sneaker and lifestyle brands in history," said Brahm Wachter, director of streetwear and modern collectibles at Sotheby's, in a statement. “The sneakers that debuted on stage at the 2008 Grammys caused waves in the sneaker community as people tried to identify the mysterious pair. After that we saw a number of collaborations between Kanye and Nike and later the birth of his line with Adidas. "
These special size 12 sneakers, manufactured in Nike's “Innovation Kitchen” in Oregon, have an upper made of soft black leather with perforated details. They wear a tonal swoosh on the overlay as well as a Yeezy forefoot strap and the label's signature “Y” medallion lace locks in pink. The sneakers also come in a custom made wooden box decorated with a design by Smith.
The kicks, provided by New York collector Ryan Chang, are likely to be the most expensive sneakers Sotheby's has ever sold. The auction house previously auctioned a pair of Air Jordan 1 sneakers from 1985, designed and worn for NBA demigod Michael Jordan, for a then world record of $ 560,000.
The Nike Air Yeezy samples will be on display at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center April 16-21. Interested sneakerheads can submit offers directly to Sotheby's. Run don't go
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