The Only Complete Archive of Supreme Skate Decks Comes to Auction
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.
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.
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.
“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.