Meet the 17-Year-Old Collector Who Bought $800,000 Worth of Supreme Skateboard Decks at Sotheby’s

Sotheby's New York sold the set of 248 decks in January.

Françoise Gilot, an artist and former lover of Picasso, with Carson Guo. Courtesy of Carson Guo.

Last month, Sotheby’s revealed that Vancouver collector Carson Guo was the buyer of a complete archive of 248 skateboard decks produced by the streetwear brand Supreme. Guo purchased the set at Sotheby’s New York for $800,000 (against an estimate of $800,000 to $1.2 million).

Guo, it turns out, is also a 17-year-old high-school student—and he already has a blue-chip collection of art, collectibles, and fashion. With the Supreme decks he says he is hoping to bridge the gap between the worlds of fine art and skate culture.

“I started collecting Supreme about three years ago and already own a mix of prints and original paintings by contemporary artists like KAWS and Murakami, who have both collaborated with Supreme in the past,” he told artnet News. “I noticed that Supreme did a lot of collaborations with artists like Murakami, Jeff Koons, and KAWS, who all designed decks, so I bought the set because of that connection.”

Other Supreme partnerships with artists and artist estates include two sets featuring designs based on Damien Hirst’s spot and spin paintings (2009), a set of three decks made in collaboration with Rammellzee, three decks based on Jeff Koons’s Monkey Train, and a set of three decks by George Condo.

Supreme skateboard decks at Sotheby’s. Image courtesy of Sotheby’s.

The collection, originally assembled by streetwear collector Ryan Fuller over a 20-year period, was described by Sotheby’s global head of e-commerce Noah Wunsch as an archive “of singular rarity and importance.”

“We have been overwhelmed by the response we have received from collectors and fans of Supreme, streetwear, skate culture and contemporary art alike,” he added.

Guo says he wants to exhibit the archive in a new store—part gallery, part boutique—that he plans to open in his hometown of Vancouver. “I want to introduce more people to art, skate culture, and fashion,” he said. “Hopefully by the end of the year it will be accessible to the public.”

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