Last Sunday a guy calling himself “Mr. Grey” (not that one and not his name) threw a party at his West Village gallery, Grey Space Art. The show displayed some VERY expensive glass bongs and pipes, priced anywhere from $5,000 to $350,000.
Are you HIGH, you might ask? But according to the press release,
“while the common eye may only see the end use, Mr. Grey’s foremost intention is to showcase these incredible achievements in the glass medium and for these pieces to live as sculptures.”
OK. That same press release also says,
“At just 21-years of age, not much is known about ‘Mr. Grey’ except for his tenacity and fresh approach to the art industry.”
According to CR Fashion, Mr. Grey says about his collecting,
“It took about four years to get into this medium. In 2012, cannabis was being legalized recreationally in Colorado, and I have a good friend and business partner who said that there were some stocks related to cannabis — they are not very secure, and they’re penny stocks — but when cannabis gets legalized, he had a hunch that they’d rise. And I thought he was right. We invested all of our capital in any stock we could find related to weed, and two weeks later it got recreationally legalized in Colorado. The stocks shot up somewhere like 3000%.
I sold out all my positions and joined a venture capital group dedicated to ancillary cannabis businesses, whether it was vaporizers,bongs or pipes from https://www.grasscity.com/smoking-pipes/glass-pipes, or grow lights, or storage. It was like Shark Tank for cannabis. Through this, I met someone who introduced me to a glassblowers making bongs out of a warehouse, and ended up finding artists who were making sculptures that you could smoke out of, selling for thousands of dollars already — I knew immediately that they needed representation on the art scene.“
Have a look.
(Top photo, BFA; via Luxury Listings)