Kanye West’s Prototype Yeezys Are Expected to Become the Most Expensive Sneakers Ever Sold

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The hype is real but this is not a hype. Sotheby’s, one of the world’s largest auction company listed a pair of sneaker for sale with a price tag of $1 million. This auction includes one of the rarest, most priced sneakers ever produced by the biggest names in the industry.

Sotheby’s announced the auction on instagram on Monday 12 April 2021 “Dropping today: Kanye West ‘Grammy Worn’ Nike Air Yeezy 1 Prototypes, the iconic sneakers worn during the artist’s memorable and emotional performance of ‘Hey Mama’ and ‘Stronger’ at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in 2008. The pair introduced the Nike Yeezy to the world, redefining what a signature shoe could be. Created exclusively for Kanye, the Air Yeezy was an entirely new silhouette – designed for an artist rather than an athlete – and paved the way for many of the artist collaborations of today. One of the most prized and sought-after sneakers in existence, the pair is on offer via private sale from Ryan Chang, renowned sneaker collector and curator of  @applied.arts.nyc , and will be on public exhibition from 16 – 21 April in Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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Look who is wearing the shoe during his Grammy performance in 2008

Now the story in full: Kanye’s first prototype from his Yeezy line for Nike in 2008 is going up for auction. The shoes, which were worn by Kanye during his 2008 Grammy performance of “Hey Mama” and “Stronger” are valued at more than $1 million, making them the most valuable sneaker to ever come to market.

Designed by West and Mark Smith in Nike’s “Innovation Kitchen” in Oregon, they feature black leather uppers with perforations as well as a forefoot strap and “Y” medallion lace locks in bright pink. He won four Grammys that night, including Best Rap Album for “Graduation.”

Who is Kanye West?

Kanye Omari West (born June 8, 1977) is an American rapper, record producer, fashion designer, and politician.[3] He has been influential in the 21st-century development of  mainstream hip hop  and  popular music in general.

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