Takashi Murakami & Pharrell's Sculpture Expected to Fetch R56 Million

Takashi Murakami & Pharrell's Sculpture Expected to Fetch R56 Million
Called 'The Simple Things', a collaborative sculpture by Takashi Murakami & Pharrell Williams is going on auction soon, and the expectations are big. It's estimated to fetch around R56 Million ($3.8 Million) at the Christie’s auction in Hong Kong, where the theme is “HI-LITE” - exploring how the most luxurious, highly-valued things in life are often the simplest. And the sculpture definitely makes perfect sense under the "HI-LITE" theme. 


‘The Simple Things’ features Murakami’s signature character, Mr. DOB, with seven objects inside its mouth. Hand-picked by Pharrell Williams, these items represent what the singer and producer uses on a daily basis: a can of Pepsi, a cupcake, Johnson’s baby lotion, Heinz Tomato Ketchup, a bag of Doritos chips, a Trojan Magnum condom and a Billionaire Boys Club sneaker.

But look closer because they aren’t just normal items. Each is crafted out of 26,000 diamonds, precious gems and gold by Jacob & Co., transforming these everyday objects to take on a new significance and meaning.


But it doesn’t stop there either. Mr. DOB’s mouth houses 14 spotlights that illuminate the objects below, literally causing viewers to “see everyday objects in a different light.” “A bejewelled can of Pepsi draws our attention in a way that a regular soda can would not, challenging us to reconsider the value of everyday joys and pleasures,” said Asia Chiao, Associate Specialist at Christie’s Hong Kong. 

‘The Simple Things’ is expected to go up for auction on November 23 at Christie’s Hong Kong. We'll have to wait and see what the work actually sells for on the day though! 

See it to scale below too!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

How often do we stop to think about the value of simple things? Takashi Murakami and Pharrell Williams challenge us to see everyday objects in a different light. . ‘A bejewelled can of Pepsi draws our attention in a way that a regular soda can would not, challenging us to reconsider the value of everyday joys and pleasures,’ says Asia Chiao, Associate Specialist of Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art at Christie’s Hong Kong . A unique collaboration between Murakami and Williams, ‘The Simple Things’ features an incarnation of Murakami’s first signature character Mr. DOB holding 7 bejewelled objects studded with over 26,000 gemstones in its mouth. . Takashi Murakami & Pharrell Williams, ‘The Simple Things’, executed in 2008-2009. Made of fiberglass, steel, LED light system, acrylic and 7 objects made of gold set with rubies, sapphires, emeralds and diamonds. Estimate: HK$20,000,000-30,000,000 . HI-LITE - 23 November at Christie's Hong Kong . #asianart #contemporaryart #takashimurakami #murakami #pharrellwilliams #hype #pharrell #sculpture #simplethings

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