THE MOST EXPENSIVE SNEAKERS EVER SOLD

Available in : Vietnamese

 

April 30.2021

 

Kanye West’s first-ever pair of Yeezy sneakers have just broken the record for the most expensive sneakers ever sold at auction. The original shoes fetched an incredible US$1.8M at a private Sotheby’s sale earlier this week and easily beat the previous record of $560,000, which was set by a pair of Nike Air Jordan 1s from 1985 that sold at auction last May. Before that, the title belonged to a pair of Nike Waffle Racing Flat “Moon Shoes” that sold for $437,500 in the fall of 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sneakers were a prototype for the original Nike Air Yeezy 1 and were worn by the artist and rapper at the 50th Grammy Awards over a decade ago during his performance of Hey Mama and Stronger.

Although the original prototype looks extremely far from what was eventually to become a collaboration with Adidas, it’s believed to have been the inspiration for the later Yeezy line, making it a priceless artifact for sneaker collectors and Kanye West fans alike.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pair of “Grammy Worn” Nikes were purchased by sneaker investment platform RARES, for almost double what the auction house had originally listed the sneakers for.

“Our goal in purchasing such an iconic shoe is to increase accessibility and empower the communities that birthed sneaker culture with the tools to gain financial freedom through RARES,” RARES CEO and co-founder, Gerome Sapp said in a statement according to Reuters.

Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s head of streetwear and modern collectibles, added that “The sale speaks volumes of Kanye’s legacy as one of the most influential clothing and sneaker designers of our time.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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