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  • Condition Report

  • Description

    Please note that this lot is the property of a private individual.

    Phillips believes that this lot was manufactured or created in mainland China and if imported to the USA may be subject to an import tariff. For more information, see paragraph 14 of the Conditions of Sale in our auction sale catalogue or contact one of our specialists.

  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Hong Kong
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Connecticut, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, KAWS: Companion (Passing Through), 30 January - 5 June 2011 (another example exhibited)
    Atlanta, GA, High Museum of Art, KAWS: Downtime, 18 February – 20 May 2012 (another example exhibited)
    Berlin, me Collectors Room Berlin, ART & TOYS: Collection Selim Varol, 26 May – 16 September 2012 (another example exhibited)
    Toronto, Design Exchange, This is Not a Toy: Designer Toys as Contemporary Culture, 7 February – 25 May 2014 (another example exhibited)
    Taipei, Whitestone, KAWS: Gallery Collection, 21 April – 20 May 2018 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    Monica Ramirez-Montagut, KAWS 1993-2010, New York, 2010, p. 233, (another example illustrated)

  • Artist Bio


    American • 1974

    To understand the work of KAWS is to understand his roots in the skateboard and graffiti crews of New York City. Brian Donnelly chose KAWS as his moniker to tag city streets beginning in the 1990s, and quickly became a celebrated standout in the scene. Having swapped spray paint for explorations in fine art spanning sculpture, painting and collage, KAWS has maintained a fascination with classic cartoons, including Garfield, SpongeBob SquarePants and The Simpsons, and reconfigured familiar subjects into a world of fantasy. 

    Perhaps he is most known for his larger-than-life fiberglass sculptures that supplant the body of Mickey Mouse onto KAWS' own imagined creatures, often with 'x'-ed out eyes or ultra-animated features. However, KAWS also works frequently in neon and vivid paint, adding animation and depth to contemporary paintings filled with approachable imagination. There is mass appeal to KAWS, who exhibits globally and most frequently in Asia, Europe and the United States.  

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stamped with the artist’s name, fabricator, date and location of manufacture '©KAWS..04 MEDICOM TOY 2004 CHINA' on the underside
painted cast vinyl
36 x 17 x 12 cm. (14 1/8 x 6 3/4 x 4 3/4 in.)
Produced by MEDICOM TOY in 2004, this work is from a limited edition and is accompanied by its original box.

HK$12,000 - 16,000 

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Delissa Putri Handoko
Head of Sale, 20th Century & Contemporary Art


Online Auction 9-18 October 2019