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Rare collection of 126 Supreme skateboard decks leads Bonhams Modern and Contemporary sale
Collection of Supreme Skateboard decks, estimate £100,000-150,000. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- An extremely rare – and complete -– collection of 126 Supreme full-sized Skateboard decks, produced by the streetwear brand Supreme New York, between 2011-2019, will headline Bonhams Modern and Contemporary Art Sale in London on Thursday 27 June. The decks, which will be sold as a single lot, feature works by renowned contemporary artists such as The Chapman Brothers, Urs Fischer, Cindy Sherman, Nan Goldin and Mike Kelley, as well as pictures of icons of popular culture – Bruce 
Lee, The Godfather and The Cat in the Hat. The collection has an estimate of £100,000-150,000.

Supreme, established in 1994, began as a skateboard and clothing shop in downtown NYC, but quickly developed into a global brand. After producing its own trademark line of skateboards in 1998, Supreme became well-known for its collaboration with famous artists - using its decks as the canvas. The collection featured in the Bonhams sale, started with the opening of London’s first Supreme Store near Carnaby Street in September 2011, the first in Europe.

Some of the most notable designs in the 126-deck collection include:

• The Chapman Brothers, 2012, Set of Five. The unique limited edition decks show prints from some of the Chapman brothers most famous and explicit works including Fuckface, McCheesus and Brothers Grimace.

• Urs Fischer, 2016, Set of Three. Swiss artist Urs Fischer worked with Supreme on three separate skate decks in March 2016. Fischer, known for using everyday objects, displays a cigarette butt on each skate deck. The works are entitled Fried, Toasted and Baked.

• Cindy Sherman, 2017, Set of two. The two decks entitled Untitled #181 and Untitled #175 by Cindy Sherman shows disturbing scenes of heaped food.

• Dash Snow, 2016, Set of Three. A set of three decks, produced in 2016, honour the late Dash Snow, who died in 2009 from a drug overdose. Snow was a graffiti artist working under the moniker SACE as part of the celebrated IRAK crew. His decks show a reproduction of his most controversial pieces featuring a tabloid image of Saddam Hussein.

Cassi Young, Head of the Modern and Contemporary Art Sale, said, “The collection features some of the rarest and most sought-after editions produced by the brand between 2011 and 2019. Supreme founder, British-born James Jebbia, wanted his stores to be more like an art gallery than a shop. He sought to create products that were not considered disposable commodities but collectables. We are delighted to have them in our sale.”

Other highlights in the sale include:

• Untitled (Fried Chick), by Oscar Murillo, 2012. Estimate £80,000-120,000.

• Figura Con Mantello Rosso (Le Bistrot) by Roberto Marcello Baldessari, 1921. Estimate £40,000-60,000.

• Nature Morte à la Guitare by Louis Marcoussis, painted circa 1921, has an estimate of £30,000-50,000.

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