Kanye West’s Grammy sneakers auctioned for $1.8m

A pair of sneakers worn by US rapper Kanye West, to perform at the 2008 Grammy Awards, has been auctioned for a record $1.8 million by Sotheby’s, a US-based multinational corporation.

Sotheby’s, which broke the news Monday, said that the sneakers were bought at a private sale by RARES, a sneaker investing platform.

They officially the most expensive pair of sneakers ever sold, breaking its Sotheby’s $560,000 recorded in May last year for a pair of Michael Jordan’s 1985 Air Jordan 1s.

Kanye West during his performance at the Grammy 2008, wearing Nike Air Yeezy 1 Prototype

West had stormed the Grammy stage with the Nike Air Yeezy samples, which were prototypes for a line developed by the rapper and Mark Smith for Nike, in 2008.

The rapper wore them during his memorable and emotional performance of Hey Mama and Stronger, his two hit singles at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards.

Ryan Chang, a New York-based sneaker collector, had put up the pair of sneakers for sale at Sotheby’s on April 13.

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