Last month, Sotheby’s revealed that Canadian collector Carson Guo was the buyer of a complete archive of 248 skateboard decks produced by the streetwear brand Supreme. Guo purchased the set at Sotheby’s New York for $800,000 (against an estimate of $800,000 to $1.2 million).
The collection, assembled by streetwear collector Ryan Fuller over a 20-year period, was described by Sotheby’s global head of e-commerce Noah Wunsch as an archive “of singular rarity and importance.”
“We have been overwhelmed by the response we have received from collectors and fans of Supreme, streetwear, skate culture and contemporary art alike,” he added.
Guo told artnet News that the numerous artist collaborations that went into designing the decks fit nicely with his existing collection of art, collectibles, and fashion, and that he was interested in bridging the gap between the worlds of fine art and skate culture.
“I started collecting Supreme about three years ago and already own a mix of prints and original paintings by contemporary artists like KAWS and Murakami, who have both collaborated with Supreme in the past,” he said. “I noticed that Supreme did a lot of collaborations with artists like Murakami, Jeff Koons, and KAWS, who all designed decks, so I bought the set because of that connection.”
Other partnerships with artists and artist estates include two sets featuring designs based on Damien Hirst’s spot and spin paintings (2009), a set of three decks made in collaboration with Rammellzee, three decks based on Jeff Koons’s Monkey Train, and a set of three decks by George Condo.
Guo says he’s confident in Supreme’s strength in the collectibles market and expects the value of his acquisition to rise. But for now he says he wants to exhibit the archive in a new store—part gallery, part boutique—that he plans to open in his hometown of Vancouver. “I want to introduce more people to art, skate culture, and fashion,” he said. “Hopefully by the end of the year it will be accessible to the public.”
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