Christie’s auctions Kanye West bulletproof vest with NFT

By Raffaele Redi

The Handbags x Hype auction by Christie’s in New York is open for bidding until 9 December

A black bulletproof vest with the word Donda painted across its front                                 
The vest was worn by rapper Kanye West during a debut event for his album, Donda, in Atlanta, Georgia – Photo: Christie’s
                                

An non-fungible token (NFT) will accompany the sale by Christie’s New York of a signed bulletproof vest worn by American rapper Kanye West.

The auction house announced the offer of an NFT in addition to the vest within its Handbags x Hype: The Luxury Remix sale, an online-only auction that closes on 9 December at 10:00 EST (UTC -5).

Christie’s said the accompanying one-of-one NFT serves as a digital representation of the physical vest, which is estimated to be worth $20,000-$30,000, that was worn by West at a listening event held to mark the release of his 10th studio album, Donda.

An iconic digital 3D symbol

“Minted by Ethernity, a community-oriented platform that produces limited edition authenticated NFTs, on 11 November 2021, the NFT is complete with digital 3D data, empowering this iconic symbol to live forever in both the physical world and the larger metaverse,” said Christie’s.

The physical vest, complete with ballistics panels, bears the hand-painted word DONDA on it – a tribute to West’s mother Dr Donda C West – and was signed by West with the letters MBD, which stands for “my body different”.

The vest story

The vest was worn by West during the 5 August debut of his album, Donda, at the Mercedes Benz Super Dome in Atlanta, Georgia – West’s birthplace.

Christie’s said: “The Donda album was the most anticipated of Kanye’s career, dedicated to his mentor and late mother Donda West, with multiple release dates, the world waited anxiously for this pivotal moment in Kanye’s career.

“Designed with the idea that Kanye only needed the absolute essentials to survive, the vest worn during the release was a metaphor that Kanye’s life is militaristic, as seen in his readiness to go on stage and risk his life for his music and craft. When the show came to an end, Kanye signed the back of the vest to read ‘MBD’, my body different.”

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