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The past year has been a roller coaster ride. With Christmas just around the corner, it only makes sense to surprise that special someone in your life as you share the festive joy together. Upgrade his man cave with some of the hottest items available at Christie’s and Sotheby’s online auctions right now – from luxury humidors to popular Supreme and Louis Vuitton collaborations, grab one of his favorites now before ‘they left.

(And here’s another gift guide, dedicated to the ladies.)

Sotheby’s online auction features four limited-edition Cuban humidors from Elie Bleu, a French wooden workshop specializing in cigar accessories. Featuring works by four famous Chinese contemporary artists – Liu Ye, Zeng Fanzhi, Wang Guangyi and Yue Minjun, each of the numbered masterpieces comes with an autograph from the artist.

Aesthetics aside, the quality of the humidifiers is equally excellent. Each of the Sycamore Humidors comes with a humidifier and a needle hygrometer to ensure the Havanas are maintained at the optimum humidity level. Each humidor houses two adjustable dividers for a capacity of 75 cigars.

Each wooden humidor is made with sycamore and comes with a humidifier and a needle hygrometer

Batch 1 | Cigar humidor in blue sycamore Liu Ye x Elie Bleu

Size: approx. 300 x 245 x 115mm

#58 of 99

Estimate: 60,000 – 120,000 HK$

Image design: international blue by Liu Ye, completed in 2006

Batch 2 | Cigar humidor in pink sycamore Zeng Fanzhi x Elie Bleu

Size: approx. 300 x 245 x 115mm

#80 of 99

Estimate: 60,000 – 120,000 HK$

Image design: Mask Series by Zeng Fanzhi, completed in 2000

Batch 3 | Cigar humidor in red sycamore Wang Guangyi x Elie Bleu

Size: approx. 300 x 245 x 115mm

#22 of 99

Estimate: 60,000 – 120,000 HK$

Image design: Great review by Wang Guangyi, completed in 2005

Batch 4 | Yue Minjun x Elie Bleu humidor in black sycamore

Size: approx. 300 x 245 x 115mm

#39 of 99

Estimate: 60,000 – 120,000 HK$

Image design: Pean on the prairies by Yue Minjun, completed in 2006

Art of humidors | Contemporary Design (Online Sale)

Auction house: Sotheby’s Hong Kong

End of auction: December 21, 2020 (10 a.m.)

Batches close independently at one-minute intervals; closing hours are subject to change


Christie’s New York hosted an online auction filled with Supreme collectibles amassed by brand historian Ross Wilson. Spanning the label’s entire 26-year timeline, the collection includes rare archival products and previously unreleased samples.

Skateboard deck collaborations with Louis Vuitton, Damien Hirst and Takashi Murakami, plus a limited-edition pinball machine are some of the highlights of the sale.

Batch 2 | Supreme x Louis Vuitton | Christopher PM leather backpack and accessories, 2017

Estimate: 24,000 – 30,000 USD (187,216 – 234,021 HK$)

A red monogram-themed collection from Supreme and luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton, the set comes complete with a Christopher PM backpack in Epi leather, a key ring, a pocket organizer, a cards and a wallet.

Batch 14 | Supreme x Everlast | Sporting goods and accessories

Estimate: 15,000 – 20,000 USD (117,010 – 156,014 HK$)

A remarkable collaboration between Supreme and Everlast, an American boxing equipment brand, the set includes three pairs of boxing gloves, a heavy punching bag, a training mat, an “Each One Teach One” basketball and black nunchucks.

Batch 11 | Supreme x Louis Vuitton | Monogram skateboard, 2017

Estimate: 10,000 – 15,000 USD (78,007 – 117,010 HK$)

Mention the collaborations between Supreme and Louis Vuitton and the revolutionary red monogram skateboard comes to mind. The current skateboard was created as part of the Boite Skateboard Trunk set launched in 2017, with a whopping price tag of 56,000 USD (440,000 HK$), if one is lucky enough to get their hands on it.

Here is a series of skateboard decks from cross collections with a number of artists, namely contemporary Japanese artists Takashi Murakami and Mr., as well as the somewhat controversial British artist, Damien Hirst:

Batch 19 | Supreme x Takashi Murakami & Mr. | Skateboards, 2007

Estimate: 7,000 – 9,000 USD (54,604 – 70,206 HK$)

Batch 21 | Supreme x Damien Hirst “Spin” & “Spots” | Skateboards, 2009

Estimate: 10,000 – 15,000 USD (78,007 – 117,010 HK$)

Lot 47 | Supreme x Stern | Pinball, 2018

Estimate: 26,000 – 30,000 USD (202,818 – 234,021 HK$)

The current batch was the exact one Supreme used to shoot their video ad in New York. Only about a hundred of the same full-size arcade-quality Stern pinball machines were released in 2018, when they all sold out within the first six minutes of being available online.

Behind the Box: 1994-2020 (Online)

Auction house: Christie’s New York

End of auction: December 15, 2020 (11:00 p.m. HKT)