Herman Toys, Inc. - New Now: The Katayama Collection New York Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Collection of Nigo, Japan
    Pass the Baton, Tokyo
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, The Encyclopedia of Masamichi Katayama "Life is hard... Let's go shopping.", April 8 - June 25, 2017, cat. no. 377, pp. 38, 160, 162 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Originally belonging to renowned Japanese fashion designer, Nigo, this iconic blue armchair reflects the unconstrained and eclectic nature of Katayama’s unique collection. Pee-Wee Herman’s Chairry, endowed with expressive eyes, eyelashes and a mouth, made its debut as a character that came to life in the American children’s television show, Pee-wee’s Playhouse.



stamped and numbered "Pee-wee Herman 158" on a label affixed to the underside
polyurethane foam and mixed media
37 1/4 x 27 x 21 in. (94.6 x 68.6 x 53.3 cm.)
Executed in 1989, this work is number 158 from an edition of 2000.

$200 - 300 

Sold for $4,750

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New Now: The Katayama Collection

New York Auction 19 September 2017