A pair of Nike brand sneakers, worn and partly designed by Kanye West (43), has raised $ 1.8 million. The international auction house Sotheby’s, which arranged the sale, speaks of a record. It crushed the old top amount for sneakers, which was $ 615,000 last August for a pair of Nike Air Jordan 1.
The new record holder is the Nike Air Yeezy 1. The prototype of the shoes was worn by West during his performance at the 50th Grammys awards ceremony in 2008. The American rapper was one of the award winners. The pair were sold by sneaker collector Ryan Chang who counts the footwear as a fine art.
A Nike Air Yeezy 2 was also released in 2012, but the collaboration between Nike and West ended the following year. The rapper and designer then moved on to Adidas.
The Kanye West sneakers that sent athletic shoes strutting down fashion runways sold for $1.8 million, a new world record price for a pair of sneakers, Sotheby's announced https://t.co/4UcDFAfM7X 1/5 pic.twitter.com/JhT24NXvwe— Reuters Showbiz (@ReutersShowbiz) April 26, 2021