The first-ever Nike Air Yeezy 1’s worn by rapper Kanye West is going on price at over $1million (₤ 725,465).
The sneakers, debuted by the designer at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in 2008, are now being offered by the popular tennis shoe collector Ryan Chang via Sotheby’s auction house.
Chang stated: “As a collector, I have actually constantly considered tennis shoes to be design things – a physical confluence of artistry, history, and in this case, music. The Air Yeezy Prototype is particularly unique to me due to the fact that it recorded the cultural minute in 2008 so perfectly.”
The size 12 [West’s size] set will be shown at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 16 to 21 April prior to being sold to a private buyer.
” This set is critical to the development of the Yeezy franchise, which has become one of the most crucial sneakers and lifestyle brands in history. Debuted on-stage at the Grammys in 2008, the sneakers set off waves in the tennis shoe community as individuals tried to determine the mysterious set,” said Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s Head of Streetwear & Modern Collectables.
He included: “We are thrilled to bring this item to market in Hong Kong along with other tennis shoes from our Buy-Now Tennis shoe Shop – available for immediate purchase – and hope that sneakerheads, as well as music and style fans, will delight in visiting this renowned pair at our exhibition in Hong Kong.”
In the past, there is no known record for a private sho sale and this particular one would go beyond the record of $615,000 (₤ 446,954) set of autographed Nike Air Jordan ones worn by Michael Jordan in 1985 which were auctioned by Christie’s in May 2020.
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Kanye West – Stronger/Hey Mom [Grammy 2008] According to Sotheby’s “the Kanye West ‘Grammy Worn’ Nike Air Yeezy 1 Model from 2008 will be offered for direct purchase by means of ‘personal sale’, with interested celebrations welcomed to send offers straight to Sotheby’s for factor to consider.”