KAWS - 24/7 Hong Kong Monday, October 7, 2019 | Phillips

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  • 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

    Toy Tokyo, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Toronto, Design Exchange, This is Not a Toy: Designer Toys as Contemporary Culture, 7 February – 25 May 2014 (another example exhibited)

  • Artist Biography


    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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Two Works: (i) ASTROBOY (Red); (ii) ASTROBOY (Grey)

stamped with the artist’s name, fabricator, date and location of manufacture, and collaborator copyright '©Tezuka Productions Designed by KAWS MEDICOM TOY 2012 CHINA' on the underside of each figure
painted cast vinyl
each 38 x 18 x 9.5 cm. (14 7/8 x 7 1/8 x 3 3/4 in.)
Produced by MEDICOM TOY and OriginalFake in 2012, each work is from a limited edition and is accompanied by its original box.

HK$70,000 - 90,000 

Sold for HK$112,500

Contact Specialist

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


Online Auction 9-18 October 2019