Everything that Kanye West touches (or wears) turns to gold…or platinum…or cold, hard cash. That fact is no less true today than it was yesterday as a signed bullet proof vest – made famous when it adorned the billionaire during the second Donda release party in Atlanta on December 5 – fetched a staggering $75,000 at auction.
The fashion statement – which became synonymous with the Donda movement – became, for all intensive purposes, a hip hop artifact overnight, tattooed on the brains of any and all rap fans who do not live beneath rocks.
The black vest, which was originally gifted to a security guard, first sold to a reseller for $20,000, according to HipHopDX. The $75,000 auction price is reportedly 3 times the amount that Christie’s predicted it would fetch.
Christie’s said in the listing, “The Donda bullet proof was designed as a metaphor for West’s militaristic perspective, reflecting his need for only the essentials to survive and his readiness to go on stage and risk his life for his music and craft.” The vest features ballistic panels and a hand painted Donda text. The cherry on top is Kanye West’s autograph which reads “MBD,” an acronym for My Body Different.
A collection of Kanye West’s Yeezy 350 sneakers also sold at the same auction for $37,500.