The prototype of the first sneakers in the Yeezy line, designed by the American rapper Kanye West for Nike, was sold on Monday by the famous auction house Sotheby’s for 1.8 million dollars, thus setting a new record for this type of footwear. , reports the AFP agency.
The first Nike Air Yeezy 1 sneakers were acquired by RARES, an investment fund that invites its customers to bet on such unusual items as sports shoes.
“The sale marks the highest publicly recorded price for a shoe sale. It is also the first pair to exceed a million dollars ”, they specified from Sotheby’s.
Until then, a pair of Nike Air Jordan 1s, designed and worn by NBA legend Michael Jordan, held the record after being auctioned for $ 615,000 in August 2020.
West introduced the first model of the Nike Air Yeezy 1, developed jointly with designer Mark Smith, during their performance at the 2008 Grammy Awards. Since then, these sneakers have become a sought-after fashion item.
The line was launched in April 2009. Depending on the model, the shoes sold for between $ 2,000 and $ 4,000.