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Sotheby's to auction the only complete archive of Supreme skate decks in private hands
Installation view. Courtesy Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s announced that they will auction the only complete archive of skateboard decks produced by iconic streetwear brand Supreme in private hands. Spanning 20 years of production, the archive includes all 248 decks created by Supreme from 1998–2018, diligently and passionately assembled over decades by collector Ryan Fuller.

The archive will be offered as a single lot in an online-only sale open for bidding today through 25 January. The archive is estimated to sell for $800,000–1.2 million, and will be sold with no Buyer’s Premium.

Sotheby’s welcomes fans of Supreme, streetwear, skateboard culture and contemporary art & design to view the entire archive in the New York galleries, open for public exhibition today through 20 January.

The archive was exhibited in December 2018 at Jason Vass Gallery in downtown Los Angeles. Titled Inferno, the show was curated by Jason Vass and Christiòn Lennon and presented in collaboration with StockX – the online peer-to-peer marketplace for verified authentic sneakers, streetwear, handbags, watches and more, whose team authenticated each deck in the archive for the exhibition.

Ryan Fuller said: “This unique collection is the only one of its kind in existence including every deck that Supreme has ever released, dating all the way back to 1998. It represents a full range of decks including general releases, extremely limited artist’s collaborations, and both the recalled (unofficial) Louis Vuitton monogram print decks from the year 2000 and the official Louis Vuitton collaboration deck and trunk from 2017. Older releases become increasingly difficult to find as years go by, and it is therefore likely this will remain the only complete collection in private hands.”

Ryan Fuller continued: “When I decided to sell my collection, I knew Sotheby’s was the right fit. Similar to Supreme, Sotheby’s is the most distinguished leader in their field, and will have an international reach to give collectors all over the world the opportunity to bid on this one-of-a-kind collection of art, fashion and Supreme history all rolled into one.”

Noah Wunsch, Sotheby’s Vice President of Global Digital & Marketing Strategy, commented: “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.”

Josh Luber, CEO of StockX, said: "As the largest online marketplace in the world for Supreme products, it was a natural fit for us to sign on to authenticate for the Inferno exhibition what is the largest single collection of Supreme skate decks in the world. We are thrilled to have partnered with Ryan, Christión and the Sotheby's team to help make this collection accessible."

The archive features collaborations with an impressive number of contemporary artists and artist estates, including: two sets featuring Damien Hirst’s iconic ‘spot’ and ‘spin’ techniques, respectively, both produced in 2009; a set of three decks in collaboration with Rammellzee, part of a collection of hats, t-shirts and backpacks and Supreme’s first artist collaboration that also included apparel; a set of three decks based on Jeff Koons’ ‘Monkey Train’, and a set of three decks featuring George Condo’s signature portraiture.

The archive features two sets that chart Supreme’s relationship with Louis Vuitton – from instigator to collaborator. In 2000, Supreme released an unauthorized set of three Louis Vuitton monogram decks, which were recalled after only two weeks when the luxury brand threatened legal action due to copyright infringement. In 2017, with the rise of streetwear as a major fashion inspiration, the two brands collaborated on the Louis Vuitton x Supreme collection that was introduced in Louis Vuitton’s Fall-Winter 2017 Menswear show. That collection included the Supreme Louis Vuitton Boite Skateboard Trunk – including a deck, tool kit, trucks, wheels, and shoulder strap – that is another highlight of the present archive.

Released in 2002, Supreme produced a set of five decks depicting the central portion of Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper.’ A sixth board with an image of Christ on the deck was exclusively released in Japan.

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