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Kanye West's Yeezy Shoes Expected To Sell For More Than $1 Million

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Kanye West's Yeezy Shoes Expected To Sell For More Than $1 Million

A pair of Yeezy shoes worn by Kanye West are expected to fetch more than $1 million (£725,000) at auction.

The Nike Air Yeezy 1 Prototypes were designed by the musician, who wore them for the first time at the Grammys in 2008.

They'll go on display in Hong Kong tomorrow (Friday 16 April) and Sotheby's auction house says they will be one of the most expensive pairs of trainers ever sold... I should bloody well think so.

The sneakers are West's shoe size, a US size 12 or a UK 11 - not that the buyer will be planning on wearing 'em much, I suspect.

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Bigging up the shoes and confirming their authenticity, Sotheby's said: "These are the sneakers Kanye West wore the night the Yeezy was introduced to the world and redefined what a signature shoe could be.

"It was an entirely new silhouette, created for an artist rather than an athlete. Though Kanye West has partnered with adidas since 2013, the Nike Air Yeezy I and Air Yeezy II are still some of the most coveted sneakers by collectors, and are foundational to the trajectory of the Yeezy brand as we know it today.

"The sneakers were originally sold as 'Grammy Worn' in benefit of a charity Nike frequently supports - the Doernbecher Children's Hospital.

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I'm not sure whether or not the box is included in the price tag. Credit: Sotheby's
I'm not sure whether or not the box is included in the price tag. Credit: Sotheby's

The most expensive trainers sold to date were a pair of 1985 Nike Air Jordan 1s, which sold for $615,000 (£446,000) last year; though there aren't records for private shoe sales.

The million plus price tag is just pennies though compared to what Kanye has racked in from his Yeezy shoes.

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They were originally developed with Nike between 2007 and 2009, before he ended the partnership in 2013.

He then joined forces with Adidas in 2014 and it proved to be a lucrative move, with the collaboration reportedly bringing in almost $1.7 billion last year.

Featured Image Credit: Sotheby's

Topics: Kanye West, Celebrity, Music, Shoes

Jake Massey
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