The posh Christie’s auction house is selling a collection of T-shirts manufactured by the Supreme streetwear brand — and it wants $2 million.
The assortment of 253 T-shirts spanning the lifetime of the wildly popular skateboarding brand from 1994 to 2020 is “the only known comprehensive archive of Supreme box logo T-shirts ever curated,” Christies said in a press release.
The collection of tees — each of which features the brand’s signature “box logo” in various forms, including an American flag, Arabic writing and one that says F— Bush — belongs to James Bogart, a 21-year-old Canadian fashion student who started assembling it when he was 14, according to a CNBC report.
Valuing the collection at $2 million means an average price of $7,900 per shirt — a “ridiculous” price, Bogart told CNBC in an interview.
Bogart isn’t saying how much he spent to amass the collection, but Supreme’s merch has never been simple to get. The brand is famous for its limited-edition “drops” that draw customers lining up for blocks outside stores. The early shirts were the most difficult to get, Bogart said, because Supreme only released 50 to 150 shirts of some limited editions.
Bogart said he’s having slight seller’s remorse as he said he hopes the future buyer keeps them pristine.
“I hope that they don’t wear them. I’ve spent so long trying to get these shirts in their best possible condition. I think it would be a little bit painful to watch. But again, whoever does buy it, I would totally encourage them to do whatever makes them happy.”
Bogart’s collection is part of a larger Supreme auction — Christie’s first dedicated Supreme offering, that is open for bidding until Dec. 15. Bogart’s collection is being offered as a private sale and not part of the auction process, Christie’s said.
Christie’s has sold Supreme handbags and accessories for years, but this is the auction house’s first auction dedicated to the brand, including a collection of skateboards, stickers, boxing gloves and even a Honda dirt bike and a pinball machine, that is valued at up to $30,000.
Last year, Christie’s sold a set of Supreme skateboards by the artist Kaws for $32,500 each.
Last month, the Supreme brand was acquired for $2.1 billion by VF Corp., the owner of brands including Vans and Timberland.
In August 2018, Supreme took out front- and back-page ads in The Post, resulting in sold-out newsstands citywide as fans of the brand snatched up copies, with some reselling the papers for between $5 and $100 each.
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