Before Ye partnered up with Adidas to create the Yeezy brand, he was working with Nike and Jordan Brand. In honor of his mother who passed away in 2007, it seems Ye had exclusive pairs of Air Jordan 6 “Donda West” colorways made for him and some of his closest friends. Only about 4 - 6 pairs were made and now Christie’s is auctioning off a size 12 pair at a new exhibit called ‘Ye Walks.’ The shoes feature intricate lasered roses sprinkled across the overlays, heels and toes. The insoles feature Donda’s real name and lyrics from Ye’s “Roses” track. At this same auction will be a pair of the Nike Air Yeezy 1 Prototype, the first sneaker Kanye West created with Nike’s Mark Smith.
This is part of a newly launched department Christie’s calls Department X, which will be selling sneakers, streetwear, and collectibles. Department X was officially announced this past Monday, highlighting a more modern category of rare collectible items across music, fashion, sports, and more. Christie’s is clearly trying to become a more relevant part of pop culture. When combined with Christie’s new on-chain NFT marketplace ‘Christie’s 3.0,’ the famous auction house is making to cover both physical and digital collectibles.