Think bongs aren’t art? Think again. This weekend, a spectacular “functional glass” pipe allegedly sold for more than $100,000 in a private auction. The bong was a collaboration between artists Scott Depee of Mothership Glass (Bellingham, Wa) and Sagan Glass, and included a marble that was launched into space in 2015. (Here’s the video) Social media exploded at the news of the sale at a West Coast glass event with the hashtag #thousanddollarsmoke, though insiders say this isn’t the first glass pipe sold in the six-figure zone, and several other pieces at the show sold for more than $50,000. Since it was a private auction, details are pretty hazy, and inquiries to the artists went unanswered. However, there are rumors that the piece will land in the Bay Area. The pipe stands around 10 inches tall, adorned with more than 30 “moon” marbles and brilliant blue, green and black colors that swirl and sparkle. Mothership makes the most sought after and expensive clear glass on the market, commanding upwards of $5,000 for their most basic pieces. Sagan is known for his space scenes and moon sculptures.
High end pieces have been a growing trend over the past years. I’ve found that Peacepipe smoke shop is the local honeyhole for art glass, or headies. People like to express themselves through their pieces (bongs), and some people get into it more than others. A well known artist will usually have a specific and usually unique style, form or shape. Some are clear or colored glass with scientific percolation, but my favorites are shaped like plants, animals, fumed with precious metals to look like space, or geometric wonders like retticello. At this rate it is hard to say what the ceiling of this art market is, but it will be interesting to watch.