Auction house Christie’s has launched a department dedicated to sneakers and streetwear.

Christie’s has announced a new division dubbed Department X – Sneakers, Streetwear & Collectibles, focused on the emerging collectibles space, led by a dedicated auction and private sales team. Under the direction of Caitlin Donovan, the best of the worlds of music, fashion, art and sports history will be made available to an enthusiastic new generation of collectors. Never before has hype culture been such a rage obsessed with historic shoes to pop culture chunks, and Department X will deliver. Buyers can count on online auctions, live previews in New York and private sales exhibitions throughout the year.


The recent triumphs of Six Rings – Legacy of the GOAT, along with rare Michael Jordan sneakers and collectibles, offset Department X’s private sale exposure of two rare pairs of sneakers titled “Ye Walks.” Caitlin Donovan, Christie’s Head of Handbags, Streetwear and Sneakers – Americas, shared, “With one finger on the pulse of popular culture and the evolution of what is defined as luxury today, we are proud to announce the launch of Department X – Sneakers, Streetwear and Collectibles. With exciting sales that will cross multiple genres of popular culture and collectibles – music, fashion and sports history – I am thrilled that new and of Christie’s are embarking on this journey with us.

The coveted Nike Mag.

“Ye Walks” focuses on the expansive landscape of Kanye West sports iconography with the prototype Nike Air Yeezy 1 and the Nike Donda West Air Jordan VI. The first was the first sneaker West designed with Nike creative director Mark Smith and designer Tiffany Beers. The original Yeezy design has become an outstanding part of West’s design legacy, immortalized at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards. The second pair, Nike Donda West Air Jordan VI, was designed in memory of West’s mother, Dr. Donda West. The pair look striking with the lyrics to West’s song “Roses” and the name of the matriarch. The Air Jordan VI was one of West’s favorites at this time in his career, Christie’s said.