In just a matter of days, Sotheby's will be hosting a private sale of one of the most valuable sneakers ever offered on the market. From April 16 to April 21, interested parties can submit offers on Kanye West's Nike Air Yeezy 1 prototype from 2008, as the shoe is expected to go for more than $1 million.
The Air Yeezy 1 was Kanye's groundbreaking first signature sneaker with Nike. He debuted the silhouette in historic fashion by wearing the Yeezys during an emotional performance at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards where he sang "Hey Mama" and "Stronger."
West's Nike Air Yeezy 1 was particularly impactful as it was one of the earliest signature shoes created for an artist as opposed to an athlete. Since then, many brands have gone on to partner with musicians and other creatives to create signature footwear.
“This pair is critical to the development of the Yeezy franchise, which has become one of the most important sneaker and lifestyle brands in history," said Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s Head of Streetwear and Modern Collectables. "Debuted on-stage at the Grammys in 2008, the sneakers set off waves in the sneaker community as people tried to identify the mysterious pair. Afterwards, we saw a series of collaborations between Kanye and Nike, and then later the birth of his line with adidas."
The Kanye-worn Air Yeezy 1 is on offer from sneaker collector and curator of @applied.arts.nyc, Ryan Chang. It will be on display to the public from April 16 to April 21 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
For more on the private sale of the shoe, visit Sotheby's.
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