Sotheby’s will offer a set of artist-designed Supreme skateboards estimated to sell for $1.2 million.
Artist-designed Supreme skateboard decks. Courtesy Sotheby’s.
Fans of Supreme: Prepare for the ultimate drop.
The famed skate shop and boutique has since 1998 collaborated with artists to put out limited edition skateboard decks, with designs coming from Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, George Condo, KAWS, and many others. New items put out by Supreme are notoriously tough to get, and the weekly “drops” of new items spawn lines around the block at the boutiques in New York’s SoHo, the Harajuku neighborhood in Tokyo, and the Marais in Paris.
The passionate Supreme fan Ryan Fuller made it his mission to collect all 248 artist-designed skateboard decks put out by the brand over the past two decades, and now he’s putting them on the auction block at Sotheby’s. The collection, which will be sold as a single lot in an online-only sale, is said to be the only complete set of the boards in existence and expected to bring between $800,000 and $1.2 million.
Supreme skateboard decks customized by Damien Hirst. Courtesy Sotheby’s
While that is, admittedly, a lot of money for skateboards, Noah Wunsch, who is Sotheby’s vice president of global digital and market strategy, explained the set’s importance thusly in a press release:
The intermingling narratives of skate culture, art, New York City, and the evolution of Supreme’s brand is amazing to behold. We are thrilled to bring Ryan’s singular collection to auction for the first time.
All 248 decks were last exhibited at Jason Vass Gallery in Los Angeles, and now they are on view at Sotheby’s headquarters on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, until January 20th.