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  • 2 December 2021

Christie's to auction DONDA Bullet Proof Vest NFT

First NFT to be offered in Luxury sale at Christie's

New York – Christie’s New York announces an exciting addition to the Handbags x Hype: The Luxury Remix, an online-only sale open for bidding until December 9.

For the first time in a luxury sale at Christie’s, Handbags x Hype: The Luxury Remix will offer an NFT lot. MBD: A Donda Bullet Proof Signed Vest by Kanye West (Estimate: $20,000-30,000) is offered with two unique components that commemorate this moment of music history: the physical bullet proof vest worn by Kanye West during his listening event and a 1-of-1 NFT.

The physical vest, complete with ballistics panels, is hand-painted “DONDA” and signed by Kanye West to read “MBD,” an acronym for My Body Different. The accompanying 1-of-1 NFT serves as a digital representation of the physical vest. Minted by Ethernity, a community-oriented platform that produces limited edition authenticated NFTs, on November 11, 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.  

Worn by Kanye West during the August 5th debut of his DONDA album at The Mercedes Benz Super Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, where Kanye was born, the DONDA vest signifies a unique piece of music history. 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).

About Christie’s

Founded in 1766, Christie’s is a world-leading art and luxury business. Renowned and trusted for its expert live and online auctions, as well as its bespoke private sales, Christie’s offers a full portfolio of global services to its clients, including art appraisal, art financing, international real estate and education. Christie’s has a physical presence in 46 countries, throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific, with flagship international sales hubs in New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris and Geneva. It also is the only international auction house authorized to hold sales in mainland China (Shanghai).

Christie’s auctions span more than 80 art and luxury categories, at price points ranging from $200 to over $100 million. Christie’s has sold 8 of the 10 most important single-owner collections in history, including the Paul G. Allen Collection—the most valuable collection ever offered at auction (November 2022). In recent years, Christie’s has achieved the world record price for an artwork at auction (Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, 2017), for a 20th century artwork (Andy Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn, 2022) and for a work by a living artist (Jeff Koons’ Rabbit, 2019). 

Christie’s Private Sales offers a seamless service for buying and selling art, jewellery and watches outside of the auction calendar, working exclusively with Christie’s specialists at a client’s individual pace.

Recent innovations at Christie’s include the groundbreaking sale of the first NFT for a digital work of art ever offered at a major auction house (Beeple’s Everydays, March 2021), with the unprecedented acceptance of cryptocurrency as a means of payment. As an industry leader in digital innovation, Christie’s also continues to pioneer new technologies that are redefining the business of art, including use of hologram technology to tour life-size 3D objects around the world, and the creation of viewing and bidding experiences that integrate augmented reality, global livestreaming, buy-now channels, and hybrid sales formats. 

Christie’s is dedicated to advancing responsible culture throughout its business and communities worldwide, including achieving sustainability by reducing our carbon emissions by 50% and pledging to be net zero by 2030, and actively using its platform in the art world to amplify under-represented voices and support positive change.

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