Parisian auction house Fauve Paris has commissioned 15 contemporary artists to re-imagine the rugby ball, using the classic shape as inspiration for works that look more at home in the gallery than on the pitch.

Kongo (born 1969) Renvoi aux 22 Estimate: 600-800€ Image via Fauve Paris Kongo (born 1969)
Renvoi aux 22
Estimate: 600-800€
Image via Fauve Paris

The designs range from the minimalist to the extravagant, including several that take inspiration from street art. One work, by Iranian-born artist and fashion photographer Ali Mahdavi, is smothered in Swarovski crystals, perhaps with a nod to Damien Hirst's famous diamond-encrusted skull.

Ali Mahdavi (born 1974) x Swarovski Ballon de ruby pour rubyman Estimate: 1,000-1,200€ Image via Fauve Paris Ali Mahdavi (born 1974) x Swarovski
Ballon de ruby pour rubyman
Estimate: 1,000-1,200€
Image via Fauve Paris

These will be sold at auction on 29th September, in aid of Les Papillons du Ciel, a foundation that funds projects in France and overseas to support disadvantaged children in their education and participation in sports.

H5 OP BALL 01 Estimate: 600-800€ Image via Fauve Paris H5
OP BALL 01
Estimate: 600-800€
Image via Fauve Paris

Rugby fans can also get their hands on memorabilia from their favourite players and teams, including signed match shirts, balls, and even a pair of socks!

Wales rugby shirt signed by members of the 2010 6 Nations squad, which included Jonathan Davies, Leigh Halfpenny, Lee Byrne, Gethin Jenkins, Alun Wyn Jones, Stephen Jones and Andy Powell. Image via Charity Stars Wales rugby shirt signed by members of the 2010 6 Nations squad, which included Jonathan Davies, Leigh Halfpenny, Lee Byrne, Gethin Jenkins, Alun Wyn Jones, Stephen Jones and Andy Powell.
Image via Charity Stars

Official Italy rugby ball for the 2015 World Cup, signed by members of the Italian squad. Image via Charity Stars. Official Italy rugby ball for the 2015 World Cup, signed by members of the Italian squad.
Image via Charity Stars.

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