Installation view of "Inferno" at Jason Vass Gallery in Los Angeles, December 2018.
Photo: Jason Vass Gallery

The Only Complete Archive of Supreme Skate Decks Comes to Auction

The collection of 248 decks includes collaborations with Damien Hirst, George Condo, and other contemporary artists

The only complete archive of Supreme skateboard decks will be put up for auction at Sotheby’s. Compiled by Los Angeles–based collector Ryan Fuller, the collection of 248 decks dates back to 1998 and is being offered as a single lot, its value estimated between $800,000 and $1.2 million.

Last month, the collection was exhibited at Jason Vass Gallery in downtown Los Angeles in a show called “Inferno,” where it was authenticated by a team of experts at street-wear marketplace StockX. The collection has since traveled to New York for a public exhibition at Sotheby’s, on view through January 20.

Installation view of “Inferno” at Jason Vass Gallery in Los Angeles. Supreme collaborated with contemporary artists on multiple decks—for example, Damien Hirst, whose iconic “Spot” paintings are integrated into the decks seen here on the top right. Photo: Jason Vass Gallery

During two decades of deck production, Supreme frequently tapped contemporary artists to collaborate on designs, including Dan Colen, Damien Hirst, Mike Kelley, Ryan McGinness, Jeff Koons, Marilyn Minter, Takashi Murakami, and George Condo, whose work Fuller identifies as his favorite. A five-deck set depicting the central portion of Leonard da Vinci’s The Last Supper is also available in its entirety, along with a special sixth board bearing Jesus’ image that was produced only in Japan.

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In addition to these artist-designed boards, the collection includes coveted decks from Supreme’s 2017 collaboration with Louis Vuitton. Featuring the luxury brand’s monogram and available with a matching trunk, the 2017 deck harks back to an incident in 2000, when Louis Vuitton threatened to sue Supreme for using its logo in the same manner but without permission.

Installation view of “Inferno” at Jason Vass Gallery. Supreme’s 2017 collaboration with Louis Vuitton includes a deck, trunk, tool kit, trucks, wheels, and a shoulder strap. Photo: Jason Vass Gallery

“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,” said Noah Wunsch, Sotheby’s vice president of global digital and marketing strategy, in a statement.

Online bidding is open now through January 25.

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