Sotheby’s is offering a complete archive of all the skateboard decks produced by the streetwear brand Supreme from the past 20 years. It’s the only full set of 248 decks, bundled together as a single lot which it will sell online through January 25 at an estimated price of $800,000 to $1.2 million (and the buyer will not have to pay the house’s usual auction premium).
The Los Angeles collector and skateboard enthusiast Ryan Fuller assembled the extensive collection—which includes decks designed by contemporary artists such as Jake & Dinos Chapman, Dan Colen, George Condo, Damien Hirst, KAWS, Jeff Koons, Ryan McGinnnes, Marilyn Minter, Takashi Murakami, Nate Lowman, Richard Prince, and Rammellzee—over the course of 13 years. The collection also includes monogram decks from Supreme’s collaboration with Louis Vuitton and a special Last Supper deck released only in Japan, among other rare editions.
In a video describing how the collection came together, Fuller points to a deck featuring work by Colen and says it was the hardest to find. He also notes that seeing all the skateboards hung together in a show at Jason Vass Gallery this past December in LA made it even more difficult to part with them than he expected. Another public exhibition opened today at Sotheby’s New York.
Fuller, who was born and raised in Los Angeles, says he has been skating for as long as he can remember, and has been an avid collector of everything from comic books to sneakers in this time as well. “Naturally, when Supreme caught my eye back in 2005 I began collecting everything they put out,” he told artnet News in an email. “I managed to complete the collection of every Supreme skateboard ever released, dating back to 1998 through the end of 2017.”
Fuller says that, to his knowledge, this is the one and only complete collection that exists. “Once completed, I decided that the only thing to do now was to get it up on display for the world to see,” he said. “When we started organizing the show in LA we were working with stockX to authenticate my collection. They have a relationship with Sotheby’s and brought it to their attention. Everything kind of just fell into place, proving to me that the time was now to pass the collection on.”
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