At the Bonhams contemporary art sale, avid skateboard lovers and art collectors alike had the opportunity to bid on 131 skateboard decks that ultimately sold for over $150,000 earlier this summer.
Produced by the streetwear brand Supreme, the decks were sold together to a single bidder alongside over 90 other contemporary paintings.
The decks were ultimately the highest grossing piece in the auction, bringing to light an alternative spin on what can be considered artwork.
Some of the world’s best-known contemporary artists - Gilbert & George, Nan Goldin, and Mike Kelley to name a few - collaborated on pieces that are featured in this collection.
The designs range from pop culture icons, such as Bruce Lee and The Cat in the Hat, to notoriously controversial works from the art scene’s most famous artists.
The Chapman Brothers’, for example, have two of their most notorious images - McCheesus and Brothers Grimace - featured in the collection.
Disturbing images from Cindy Sherman, titled Untitled #181 and Untitled #175, also make an appearance.
Founded in 1994 by James Jebbia, Supreme began as a skateboard and clothing shop that developed into the global brand that it is today.
James Jebbia said he’s always wanted his stores to be more like an art gallery than a shop, inspiring product creation that has the ultimate goal of being collectibles.
Thus, this deck collaboration with famous contemporary artists should come as no surprise for the Supreme brand.
Supreme is not the only skateboard manufacturer who has collaborated with artists and skateboard experts to design their decks.
The Skateroom, a Belgian-based company, sells limited edition decks from well-known artists and works in collaboration with the Andy Warhol and Keith Haring foundations.
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