Takashi Murakami and Pharrell Williams’ ‘The Simple Thing’ leads Christie’s HK sale

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The Simplest Thing, Takashi Murakami and Pharrell Williams. Courtesy of Christie's.

Christie’s Hong Kong will host the HI-LITE sale on 23 November, featuring artworks by top contemporary artists with a global cult following.

The sale will be led by Takashi Murakami and Pharrell Williams’ The Simple Things, 2009. The work shows everyday consumer objects made from 260,000 gemstones and precious metals clutched in the teeth of Murakami’s trademark character – Mr. DOB. The Simple Things is likely to fetch between HK $20,000,000 – 30,000,000 (US $2,600,000 – 3,900,000).

Evelyn Lin, head of the 20th Century and Contemporary Art department said: “Our aim this season is to present works that challenge the traditional notions of art, and to explore how the boundaries between genres such as Japanese manga, street culture, commercial design and fashion continue to play a pivotal role in how we understand art in the modern-day era.”

According to Highsnobiety, the sculpture was reportedly first sold by art dealer Emmanuel Perrotin for $2 million at the 2009 Art Basel Miami Beach.

Some other highlights of the sale include Yoshitomo Nara’s Angry Blue Boy, estimated to fetch HK $15,000,000 – 20,000,000 (US $2,000,000 – 2,600,000) and Murakami’s Wow, Kaikai Kiki  HKD $15,000,000 – 20,000,000 (US $1,924,342 –  US $2,565,790).

Angry Blue Boy, Yoshitomo Nara. Courtesy of Christie’s.

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