The sneakers that the American rapper Kanye West wore dresses during the 50th Grammy Awards ceremony and they gave birth to the line “Yeeze” have been put up for sale by the auction house Sotheby’s, which assures that its price exceeds one million dollars.
It is the prototype of the Nike Yeeze line that was designed exclusively by this sports brand for West and that the singer wore during his performance at the 50th Grammy ceremony, held in February 2008, where he performed his songs “Hey Mama” and “Stronger.”
The sportswear company and the artist teamed up to unveil their new Nike Yeezy Empire that night that helped the shoe take a leap into the world of fashion.
Sotheby’s assures that the sneakers will remain on display between April 16 and 21 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center and that the sale will be private.
This pair of slippers has been offered by sports shoe collector and exhibition curator Ryan Chang.
According to the company, these were the first shoes in Nike’s Yeezy line designed for an artist rather than an athlete, opening the way for new collaborations.
“This pair is central to the development of the Yeezy franchise, which has become one of the most important shoe and lifestyle brands in history,” said Sotheby’s chief Brahm Wachter.
They were designed by West and Mark Smith in the Nike laboratory located at their headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, in 2007, it is a size 12 (US measurement) and they are made of leather.
At that Grammy ceremony, in addition to his new Nike shoes, West won four awards, including best rap album.