Cover Kanye West's Yeezys have become the most expensive pair of sneakers ever sold. (Photo: Sotheby's/Instagram)

The ultra-rare Nike Air Yeezy 1 beat out a pair of Nike Air Jordan 1s that sold for just over half a million dollars last spring

Kanye West’s first-ever pair of Yeezy sneakers have just broken the record for the most expensive sneakers ever sold at auction. The original shoes fetched an incredible US$1.8M at a private Sotheby’s sale earlier this week.

The sneakers were a prototype for the original Nike Air Yeezy 1 and were worn by the artist and rapper at the 50th Grammy Awards over a decade ago during his performance of Hey Mama and Stronger.

The mysterious sneakers reportedly sent fashion aficionados into a spin as they tried to figure out the identity of the shoe. It was a mystery, and the “only clue was a Swoosh,” said Sotheby’s in a statement.

Although the original prototype looks extremely far from what was eventually to become a collaboration with Adidas, it’s believed to have been the inspiration for the later Yeezy line, making it a priceless artifact for sneaker collectors and Kanye West fans alike.

The record-breaking pair of “Grammy Worn” Nikes were purchased by sneaker investment platform RARES, for almost double what the auction house had originally listed the sneakers for.

“Our goal in purchasing such an iconic shoe is to increase accessibility and empower the communities that birthed sneaker culture with the tools to gain financial freedom through RARES,” RARES CEO and co-founder, Gerome Sapp said in a statement according to Reuters.

Brahm Wachter, Sotheby's head of streetwear and modern collectables, added that, “The sale speaks volumes of Kanye's legacy as one of the most influential clothing and sneaker designers of our time.”

Interested in finding out more about the record-breaking sneakers? While the private sale has already concluded, Sotheby’s has listed a scientific-level photo analysis of the sneakers in their current state versus their appearance at the Grammys over a decade ago—and it’s almost as good as seeing them up close and personal.

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