Kanye West sneaker sale breaks records

Rapper’s Nikes sell on auction block for $1.8 million

FILE - Kanye West performs at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 10, 2008. The Nike Air Yeezy 1 Prototypes worn by West during his performance were acquired for $1.8 million by social investing platform Rares. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File) (Kevork Djansezian, AP2008)

A “Grammy Worn” pair of Kanye West’s famous sneakers just set a record on Monday.

The Nike Air Yeezy 1 prototypes sold on the Sotheby’s auction block for $1.8 million. They were acquired by RARES, a sneaker investment marketplace.

The sale marks the highest publicly recorded price for a sneaker sale and the first pair of sneakers to top $1 million.

The runner up? An autographed pair owned by Michael Jordan. Those Nike Air Jordan 1s sold for $615,000 at a Christie’s auction last May.

The Yeezy sneakers were a prototype of the rapper’s shoe line. He debuted the sneakers up for sale during his performance at the 2008 Grammy awards.


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