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Kanye West’s $1 Million Original Yeezys are Going to Auction

Suffice to say, Kanye West’s transition from music icon to fashion mogul has been categoric. The rapper has taken his Yeezy brand to the loftiest heights of the streetwear sector, forming collaborations with some of the biggest names in the game. However, a recent auction listing from Sotheby’s takes the iconic Yeezy brand back to its inception.

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Kanye’s first-ever Yeezy sneaker is set to be auctioned off by Sotheby’s in an online bid from April 16 to April 21. The iconic shoes not only hold an esteemed place in sneakerheads’ hearts but also in the music industry. West unveiled the mystery shoes during his memorable and emotional performance of Hey Mama and Stronger at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards. Even the top footwear aficionados could not identify them, and it was only revealed by the Swoosh.

The Air Yeezy 1 has since become one of the biggest sneaker releases in history, birthing the now multi-billion-dollar Yeezy empire, and they are up for grabs. The initial Sotheby’s valuation places the black and gold sneakers at more than USD$1 million, a figure that would instantly make them the most expensive sneakers ever sold.

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According to the auction house, these Grammy-Worn Air Yeezy samples were built in Nike’s lab, known as the ‘Innovation Kitchen’ at the company’s headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. “Creative director Mark Smith kept the project so under wrap that he released the shoes to Kanye for the Grammys with the condition that they would be returned as soon as possible following the performance,” Sotheby’s wrote.

The Air Yeezy 1 is made of soft black leather with perforated detailing throughout the upper, with the heel overlay branded with a tonal Swoosh. The now-signature design features the iconic Yeezy forefoot strap and signature ‘Y’ medallion lacelocks in bright pink, which were not worn by Kanye during his performance. A custom lasered wooden box is included, which features a design and etching by the Yeezy 1 creator, Mark Smith.

The original Air Yeezy 1 sneakers will be on public exhibition from April 16 until April 21 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Hong Kong, before being auctioned off to one very lucky buyer.

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Nick Hall is the Digital Editor of Man of Many and an accomplished journalist. He completed a Bachelor of Creative Industries at the Queensland University of Technology, with a double major in Journalism and Music. Prior to working at Man of Many, Nick spent two years as a journalist with Inside Franchise Business, focusing on small business, finance and legal reporting. In 2021, Nick was named B&T's Best of the Best Journalist of the Year. With an extensive background in the media industry, Nick specialises in feature writing, fashion, lifestyle and entertainment content. A qualified barber and men's stylist, Nick also holds a Cert III in Barbering from the Queensland Hairdressing Academy.