He's been known to cause a stir in music, fashion and even in politics. Everything he touches seems to turn to gold, so it wasn't much of a surprise when the sale of a sneaker he had won to the Grammy Awards in 2008 started making waves.
Kanye West's sneakers have shattered world sales records by selling for $1,8 million (R26 million).
It's a new world record price for a pair of sneakers, triple the previous record for sneakers, Sotheby's announced on Monday.
World Record: This pair of Kanye West ‘Grammy Worn’ Nike Air Yeezy 1 Prototypes from 2008 sold for $1.8 million today. Acquired by sneaker investing platform @raresapp via private sale, the pair set a new world record price for a pair of sneakers. https://t.co/bdgKtrHLY2— Sotheby's (@Sothebys) April 26, 2021
The black leather, size 12 Nike Air Yeezy 1 Prototypes have a Yeezy forefoot strap and the brand's signature Y medallion lace locks in pink.
They were put up for sale at Sotheby's by New York collector Ryan Chang.
The pair of sneakers were first revealed during Kanye's performance at the 2008 Grammy Awards when he performed Hey Mama and Stronger.
The shoe price beat the record held by a pair of Nike Air Jordan 1s, which sold for $615,000 (R8,8 million) in August 2020 at a Christie's auction.
Kanye ended his collaboration with Nike in 2013 and took the brand to Adidas.