Takashi Murakami

(b. 1962)
Lot 244
Takashi Murakami
Group (4)
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $6,875
September 30, 2018
Lot 119
Takashi Murakami
Oval
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,250
February 25, 2018
Lot 338
Takashi Murakami
Monogram Cherry
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $5,000
March 5, 2017
Lot 339
Takashi Murakami
DOB Jump
Estimate: $6,000 - $10,000
Price Realized: $6,250
March 5, 2017
Lot 340
Takashi Murakami
Champignon
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,250
March 5, 2017
Lot 342
Takashi Murakami
Louis Vuitton Group (4)
Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000
Price Realized: $25,000
March 5, 2017
Lot 11
Takashi Murakami
Group (3)
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $4,687
October 9, 2016
Lot 204
Takashi Murakami
Flowerball (4)
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $8,750
February 21, 2016
Lot 119
Takashi Murakami
DOB in Pure White Robe (2)
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $4,375
March 1, 2015
Lot 120
Takashi Murakami
And Then, And Then And Then And Then And Then (4)
Estimate: $4,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $4,062
March 1, 2015
Lot 376
Takashi Murakami
Mr. Wink/Cosmos Ball
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,812
October 12, 2014
Lot 377
Takashi Murakami
Platter
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized: $2,812
October 12, 2014
Lot 441
Takashi Murakami
And then and then and then and then and then BLUE, YELLOW, and PINK (3)
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $4,375
October 13, 2013
Lot 442
Takashi Murakami
Flowerball (3D) from the Realm of the Dead (3)
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $5,000
October 13, 2013
Lot 304
Takashi Murakami
I Know Not. I Know
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,250
December 16, 2012
Lot 420
Takashi Murakami
Maiden in the Yellow Straw Hat (Field of Smiling Flowers)
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $2,000
October 7, 2012
Lot 421
Takashi Murakami
Flowerball (3D) from the Realm of the Dead
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,625
October 7, 2012
Lot 387
Takashi Murakami
"Monogram Mini Multicolore - white"
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $6,250
May 6, 2012
Lot 388
Takashi Murakami
I Know Not. I Know
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,875
May 6, 2012
Lot 389
Takashi Murakami
Flowerball (3D) from the Realm of the Dead
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $2,812
May 6, 2012
Lot 390
Takashi Murakami
And then and then and then and then and then (Red)
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,500
May 6, 2012
Lot 391
Takashi Murakami
Maiden in the Yellow Straw Hat
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,750
May 6, 2012
Lot 472
Takashi Murakami
Flowerball (3D) From the Realm of the Dead
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,375
December 11, 2011
Lot 473
Takashi Murakami
Open Your Hands Wide
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $2,500
December 11, 2011
Lot 474
Takashi Murakami
Flowers in Heaven
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,062
December 11, 2011
Lot 305
Takashi Murakami
Melting DOB E
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,250
March 6, 2011
Lot 306
Takashi Murakami
Melting DOB D
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,250
March 6, 2011
Lot 67
Takashi Murakami
Supreme skate decks (3)
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $1,164
December 6, 2009
Lot 428
Takashi Murakami
Monogram Multicolore-Black
Estimate: $18,000 - $20,000
Price Realized: $19,200
December 7, 2008
Lot 342
Takashi Murakami
Monogram Multicolore - White
Estimate: $16,000 - $18,000
Price Realized: $20,400
June 29, 2008
Lot 343
Takashi Murakami
Monogram Multicolore - Black
Estimate: $16,000 - $18,000
Price Realized: $21,600
June 29, 2008

About The Artist


Japanese artist Takashi Murakami is one of the leading figures working in contemporary art today. As much an entrepreneur as an artist, Murakami’s diverse practice ranges across traditional fine arts media, such as painting and sculpture, as well as more commercial forms including fashion and merchandising. Born in Tokyo in 1962, he studied at Tokyo University of the Arts where he gained a PhD in Nihonga, a traditional style of Japanese painting. Growing disillusioned with the insular nature of this practice, he began to explore more contemporary modes of expression. His cartoon-style work first came to attention in 1994 during a fellowship at MoMA PS1 in New York. There he came into contact with the work of Jeff Koons, a formative influence for the artist.

On his return to Japan, Murakami sought to develop a distinctively Japanese aesthetic and his work began to co-opt the iconography of popular culture forms such as anime and manga. The resulting works are effervescent, vibrantly-colored explosions of comic characters, flowers and cartoon figures. In 2001, he founded the company Kaikai Kiki Co., which employs over a hundred workers at locations in Tokyo and New York, producing factory line renditions of the artist’s brand. Murakami’s work became celebrated for its polished execution and ambitious scale of production.

The artist often incorporates retail style displays in his exhibitions, most notoriously at his retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, at the heart of which lay a full-size Louis Vuitton store selling designer handbags and other branded material. For this exhibition, Murakami coined the term ‘Superflat’, which characterises the flat color and two-dimensional imagery of much Japanese art and culture. This flatness also refers to Murakami’s deliberate elision of high and low culture, which parallels Western pop art’s elevation of commercial imagery and advertising to the level of fine art. Murakami subverts our expectations by repackaging and reproducing the content of his high value paintings and sculptures as readily available merchandise, such as t-shirts and toys. Murakami has also worked across disciplines in his collaborations with numerous fashion designers and pop stars to create clothing, music videos and cover artwork.

Murakami regularly fetches six and seven figure sums at auction. His work is held in major collections worldwide including MOCA, L.A., Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Frankfurt/Main, Foundation Cartier our l’art contemporaine, Paris and Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo.

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