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KAWS Art

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In the beginning, Brian Donnelly was just a kid from Jersey City, New Jersey, who got into the graffiti thing. KAWS was his tag, chosen simply because he liked the way it looked. Today, KAWS’s oeuvre encompasses art toys, sculptures and colorful paintings and prints that appropriate pop phenomena like the Smurfs, the Simpsons and SpongeBob SquarePants.

In the late 1990s, the artist, a 1996 graduate of New York’s School of Visual Arts, was making a living as an illustrator for the animation studio Jumbo Pictures. Like young Hansel and Gretel with their trail of crumbs, KAWS would mark the morning route to his downtown Manhattan office with “subvertising,” “interrupting” fashion advertisements by adding his colorful character Bendy, its sinuous length sliding playfully around the likes of a Calvin Klein perfume bottle or supermodel Christy Turlington.

These creations gained a following, to the point where work posted in the morning would disappear by lunchtime. Even in those early days, KAWS was hot on the resale market.

“When I was doing graffiti,” he once explained, “it meant nothing to me to make paintings if I wasn’t reaching people.” Instead of seeking entrée to the elite New York art world (which, frankly, wasn’t looking for a street artist anyway), KAWS moved to Japan, where a flourishing youth culture welcomed visionaries like him.

In 1999, he partnered with Bounty Hunter, a Japanese toy and streetwear brand, to release his first toy. Companion — an eight-inch-tall vinyl reimagining of Mickey Mouse, with a skull-and-crossbones head and trademark XX eyes — debuted with a limited run of 500. It sold out quickly.

Companion was the first of more than 130 toy designs, which came to include such characters as Chum, Blitz, Be@rbrick, BFF and Milo, each immediately recognizable as KAWS figures by their XX eyes. Fans have proved insatiable. In 2017, MoMA’s online store announced the availability of a limited supply of KAWS Companion figures; as avid collectors logged on to stake their claim, the website crashed — multiple times.

Companion is the most visible of the KAWS posse, appearing over the past decade in new postures and combinations in monumental works. These include Along the Way (2013), an 18-foot-tall wooden sculpture of two Companions leaning on each other for support; Together (2016), two Companions in a friendly embrace, which debuted during an exhibition of KAWS’s work at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, in Texas; and KAWS:HOLIDAY (2018), a 92-foot-long inflatable Companion floating on its back in Seoul’s Seokchon Lake. The sculptures were re-created as toys, blurring the lines between art and commerce.

KAWS’s visual language may be drawn from cartoons, but his work doesn’t necessarily evoke childlike joy. “My figures are not always reflecting the idealistic cartoon view that I grew up on,” he explains in the catalogue for the Fort Worth exhibition. “Companion is more real in dealing with contemporary human circumstances . . . . I think when I’m making work it also often mirrors what’s going on with me at that time.”

KAWS's résumé reads like a record of major 21st-century pop-culture moments. It includes his work with streetwear brands like A Bathing Ape and Supreme; his design for the cover of Kanye West’s 2008 album, 808s & Heartbreak; and his collaboration with designer Kim Jones on the Dior Homme Spring/Summer 2019 collection, Jones’s debut as the fashion brand’s creative director.

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Separated (Set of Three)
By KAWS
Located in Bristol, GB
Painted cast vinyl Open edition Unsigned and unnumbered New, with minor deposits found in crevices of two of the three sculptures though it is masked by the colour of the sculpture. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary KAWS Art

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Vinyl

KAWS TOGETHER Black (KAWS Black Together Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Black Together Companion new in its original packaging: KAWS’ TOGETHER features his iconic “Companions” interlocked in a permanent hug. KAWS first debuted this embracing duo in ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

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Resin, Vinyl

Signed KAWS ONE monograph (KAWS Tokyo 2001)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
Signed KAWS ONE Artist Book 2001: Rare hand graffiti-signed KAWS ONE artist book, Tokyo, Japan, 2001. A rare early monograph documenting KAWS’ seminal New York bus ad “interruption...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

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Paper

Companionship in the Age of Loneliness
By KAWS
Located in Bristol, GB
Original screenprint, GONE, 2019, printed on printed on Arches Aquarelle 300gsm paper, presented in a Wibalin Buckram-bound print wallet and archival-grade print envelope inside the ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary KAWS Art

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Screen

KAWS, What Party - Chum (Full set of 5), Sculpture, 2020
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
KAWS, What Party - Chum (Full set of 5), Sculpture, 2020 Sculpture. Painted Cast Vinyl. Excellent, 'as new' condition, as issued. Stamped on the underside of the feet. Sold in the ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Street Art KAWS Art

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Plastic

KAWS 400% Tension Bearbrick (KAWS Tension Be@rbrick)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Tension Bearbrick 400%: This much sought-after KAWS Tension Be@rbrick figure features the artist's signature "X"’s and bright lush colors synonymous with his more abstract works...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

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Resin, Vinyl

KAWS SPACE HOLIDAY SET GOLD, BLACK, SILVER Full set Contemporary Street Art
By KAWS
Located in Atlanta, GA
Medium Sculpture Condition Pristine Condition and still sealed in original packaging. Stored away in our gallery vault since purchase. Signature Hand-signed by artist Certificate of...
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2010s Pop Art KAWS Art

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Polyurethane

KAWS TAKE complete set of 3 (KAWS companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS TAKE: Complete set of 3 KAWS TAKE Companions new & unopened in original packaging. A well-received KAWS figurative piece & variation of KAWS' large scale TAKE sculpture - a key...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

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Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Kubrick Bus Stop 2002
By KAWS
Located in New York, NY
Want to own an affordable OG KAWS piece from 2002? Look no further than the Kubrick Bus Stop Series. The series of five different boxed sets pays homage to the artist's groundbreakin...
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Early 2000s Abstract Impressionist KAWS Art

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Vinyl

KAWS X Peanuts Joe KAWS (Snoopy) 2010
By KAWS
Located in New York, NY
In 2016, American graffiti artist KAWS partnered with the toy manufacturer Medicom to create an open edition of figurines known as Companions now known for their trademark X-form eye...
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2010s Abstract Impressionist KAWS Art

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Vinyl

KAWS JPP FIGURE 2008
By KAWS
Located in New York, NY
KAWS JPP FIGURE (edition of 500) This collectible matte yellow and multicolor cast vinyl figurine is a 2008 collaboration between KAWS' Original Fake brand and the Japanese toy manuf...
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Early 2000s Abstract Impressionist KAWS Art

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Vinyl

KAWS ACCOMPLICE (black) 2002
By KAWS
Located in New York, NY
KAWS ACCOMPLICE (black) (edition of 500) Collectible cast vinyl Accomplice figurine is a collaboration between contemporary pop artist KAWS and the toy company Medicom. The artist's ...
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Early 2000s Abstract Impressionist KAWS Art

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Vinyl

KAWS Kubrick Bus Stop 2002
By KAWS
Located in New York, NY
Want to own an affordable OG KAWS piece from 2002? Look no further than the Kubrick Bus Stop Series. The series of five different boxed sets pays homage to the artist's groundbreakin...
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Early 2000s Abstract Impressionist KAWS Art

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Vinyl

KAWS "What Party" Brooklyn Museum Pink LIMITED EDITION Sculpture Street Art
By KAWS
Located in Atlanta, GA
KAWS WHAT PARTY (Pink): KAWS orange WHAT PARTY Companion featuring KAWS' CHUM character in a hunched position. Published to commemorate the debut of KAWS’ larger scale sculptural ver...
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2010s Pop Art KAWS Art

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Vinyl

KAWS "What Party" Brooklyn Museum White LIMITED EDITION Sculpture Street Art
By KAWS
Located in Atlanta, GA
KAWS WHAT PARTY (White): KAWS orange WHAT PARTY Companion featuring KAWS' CHUM character in a hunched position. Published to commemorate the debut of KAWS’ larger scale sculptural ve...
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2010s Pop Art KAWS Art

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Vinyl

KAWS Blush Companion (KAWS red blush)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Red Blush Companion. New and sealed in its original packaging. Published by Medicom Japan in conjunction with the exhibition, KAWS: Where The End Starts at the Modern Art Museum...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

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Resin, Vinyl

KAWS SEPARATED brown (KAWS brown Separated Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS SEPARATED COMPANION: New & unopened in its original packaging: This highly collectible brown KAWS SEPARATED figure is derived from the Brooklyn based artist’s larger scale sculp...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

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Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Book Sold Out Phaidon Edition Brooklyn What Party Signed Edition Of 500
By KAWS
Located in Atlanta, GA
Condition: Book is in pristine condition and only opened to photograph the signature. Signature: Hand-signed by artist, Hand Signed By The Artist in Black Sharpie, KAWS 2021... Certi...
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2010s Pop Art KAWS Art

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Felt Pen, Black and White

KAWS - Separated - Grey - Pop Art
By KAWS
Located in Asheville, NC
KAWS - Separated - Grey - Pop Art Artists KAWS Edition Details Year: 2021 Class: Toy Status: Official Released: 02/26/21 Paper: Vinyl About Artist: KAWS i...
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2010s Pop Art KAWS Art

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Latex, Polyester, Polystyrene, Rubber, Silicone, Acrylic Polymer, Polyme...

KAWS SMALL LIE
By KAWS
Located in Englishtown, NJ
Black Edition of the Kaws Small Lie Sculpture. Stamped on foot with Kaws signature and year. Produced by Medicom Toy. Painted cast vinyl. Sealed in original packaging as issued. Neve...
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21st Century and Contemporary Street Art KAWS Art

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Vinyl

KAWS - Separated - Black - Pop Art
By KAWS
Located in Asheville, NC
KAWS - Separated - Black - Pop Art Artists KAWS Edition Details Year: 2021 Class: Toy Status: Official Released: 02/26/21 Paper: Vinyl About Artist: KAWS ...
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2010s Pop Art KAWS Art

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Synthetic, Resin, Plastic, Latex, Polyester, Polystyrene, Rubber, Silico...

KAWS: TAKE (BLACK) - Original Vinyl Sculpture, Street art, Pop Art. MOMA
By KAWS
Located in Madrid, ES
TAKE (BLACK) Date of creation: 2020 Medium: Vinyl sculpture Edition: Open Size: 33.6 x 15.2 x 12.7 cm Observations: Vinyl sculpture published in 2020 by KAWS/ORIGINALFAKE & Medicom T...
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2010s Modern KAWS Art

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Plastic

KAWS Red Blush Companion 2016 (KAWS blush)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Red Blush Companion 2016. New and sealed in its original packaging. Published by Medicom Japan in conjunction with the exhibition, KAWS: Where The End Starts at the Modern Art M...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

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Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Black Companions: set of 10 (KAWS Companion 2018-2021)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Companion 2018-2021: A curated set of 10 individual Black KAWS Companions new & unopened in original packaging. KAWS Clean Slate, 2018: 14.25 x 8 inches. KAWS Along The Way ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

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Resin, Vinyl

URGE Title Page
By KAWS
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: KAWS Medium: Screenprinted colophon Portfolio: URGE Year: 2020 Edition: 250 Sheet Size: 17" x 12 3/4"
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2010s KAWS Art

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Screen

KAWS Blush Companion (KAWS Flayed)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Red Blush Companion 2016 (KAWS Flayed): New and sealed in its original packaging. Published by Medicom Japan in conjunction with the exhibition, KAWS: Where The End Starts at th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

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Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Brown Flayed Companion 2016 (KAWS flayed brown companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Brown Flayed Companion 2016. New and sealed in its original packaging. Published by Medicom Japan in conjunction with the exhibition, KAWS: Where The End Starts at the Modern Ar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

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Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Companion: complete set of 6 (KAWS Flayed KAWS full body 2016)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Companion 2016, Complete Set of 6. New and sealed in original packaging. Published by Medicom Japan in conjunction with the exhibition, KAWS: Where The End Starts at the Modern ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

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Resin, Vinyl

KAWS COMPANION (Blush Flayed)
By KAWS
Located in Englishtown, NJ
Luxurious Blush Flayed version of this iconic KAWS sculpture figure. Must have for any Kaws collector. Open Edition issued in 2016 as part of an exhibition that year. Has "KAWS...201...
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21st Century and Contemporary Street Art KAWS Art

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Resin, Vinyl

KAWS COMPANION (Brown Flayed)
By KAWS
Located in Englishtown, NJ
Produced in conjunction with the KAWS exhibition Where The End Starts Brown Flayed edition. Open Edition released in 2016. Stamped Kaws signature on bottom of foot with “KAWS…2016”. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Street Art KAWS Art

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Resin, Vinyl

Red Blanket, Cashmere, Contemporary Art, Street Art, Urban Art
By KAWS
Located in Hamburg, DE
KAWS (American, b. 1974) Red Blanket, 2019 Medium: 100% superfine cashmere Dimensions: 130 × 180 cm (51 1/5 × 70 9/10 in) Edition size: 85 Publisher: Studio Voltaire, London Conditio...
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21st Century and Contemporary Street Art KAWS Art

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Wool

KAWS Companion Flayed & Companion Editions Vinyl Figure Complete Set of 8 Sealed
By KAWS
Located in Atlanta, GA
Package Dimensions 14.25 x 8.58 x 3.62 inches Item Weight 1.17 pounds Both Sculptures are in Pristine Condition and have been stored safely since 2016. The figures are both sealed ...
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2010s Pop Art KAWS Art

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Vinyl

Along The Way Gray Edition
By KAWS
Located in Dallas, TX
KAWS companion dolls from along the way series.
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21st Century and Contemporary KAWS Art

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Rubber, PVC

KAWS - Gone - Black Version - collectible Pop Art
By KAWS
Located in Dallas, TX
KAWS Gone- Black version New on its original packaging. Medium: Vinyl & Cast Resin
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2010s Pop Art KAWS Art

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Resin, Vinyl

KAWS - Gone - Grey Version - collectible PopArt
By KAWS
Located in Dallas, TX
KAWS Gone- Grey version New on its original packaging. Medium: Vinyl & Cast Resin
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2010s Pop Art KAWS Art

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Resin, Vinyl

KAWS x Sesame Street: set of 5 works (KAWS plush)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Sesame Street: Complete Set of 5 plush figures: KAWS’ timeless interpretation of the 5 most popular Sesame Street characters – Elmo, Bert, Earnie, Cookie Monster and Big Bird, d...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

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Cotton

KAWS - Gone - Brown Version - collectible PopArt
By KAWS
Located in Dallas, TX
KAWS Gone- Brown version New on its original packaging. Medium: Vinyl & Cast Resin
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2010s Pop Art KAWS Art

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Resin, Vinyl

KAWS, Holiday Space: 11.5" 20th Anniversary Edition in Gold and Polyurethane,
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
KAWS, Holiday Space: 11.5" 20th Anniversary Edition in Gold and Polyurethane, 2020 Polyurethane Excellent / unopened / 'as new' condition. Sold in original publisher packaging, as is...
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21st Century and Contemporary Street Art KAWS Art

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Polyurethane

KAWS, Holiday Space: 11.5" 20th Anniversary Edition, Complete set of 3, 2020
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
KAWS, Holiday Space: 11.5" 20th Anniversary Edition, Complete set of 3, 2020 Polyurethane Excellent / unopened / 'as new' condition. Sold in original publisher packaging, as issued. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Street Art KAWS Art

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Polyurethane

KAWS, What Party - Chum (Full set of 5), Sculpture, 2020
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
KAWS, What Party - Chum (Full set of 5), Sculpture, 2020 Sculpture. Painted Cast Vinyl. Excellent, 'as new' condition, as issued. Stamped on the underside of the feet. Sold in the ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Street Art KAWS Art

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Plastic

KAWS, Holiday Space: 11.5" 20th Anniversary Edition in Black and Polyurethane,
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
KAWS, Holiday Space: 11.5" 20th Anniversary Edition in Black and Polyurethane, 2020 Polyurethane Excellent / unopened / 'as new' condition. Sold in original publisher packaging, as i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Street Art KAWS Art

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Polyurethane

KAWS, Holiday Space: 11.5" 20th Anniversary Edition in Silver and Polyurethane
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
KAWS, Holiday Space: 11.5" 20th Anniversary Edition in Silver and Polyurethane, 2020 Polyurethane Excellent / unopened / 'as new' condition. Sold in original publisher packaging, as ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Street Art KAWS Art

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Polyurethane

KAWS, Along the way Monograph Book, Cardstock, 2020
By KAWS
Located in London, GB
KAWS, Along the way Monograph Book, Cardstock, 2020 Contains 34 offset lithographs on card depicting some of the artists most iconic pieces to date. Limited edition of 1888. 'As ne...
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21st Century and Contemporary Street Art KAWS Art

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Paper

KAWS Companion 2016 (KAWS Brown Companion)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Brown Companion, 2016. New and sealed in its original packaging. This classic KAWS figurative sculpture was published by Medicom Japan in conjunction with the exhibition, KAWS: ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

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Resin, Vinyl

KAWS Black Passing Through Companion 2018 (Black KAWS passing through)
By KAWS
Located in NEW YORK, NY
KAWS Black Companion Passing Through 2018. Black colorway. New and sealed in its original packaging. The most iconic of the KAWS Companions. Published by Kaws One, these figurines h...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pop Art KAWS Art

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Resin, Vinyl

KAWS - Along The Way - Black Version - brand new
By KAWS
Located in Dallas, TX
KAWS Along The Way - Black version New & unopened in its original packaging. Medium: Vinyl & Cast Resin Provenance: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
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2010s Pop Art KAWS Art

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Resin, Vinyl

KAWS - Take Figure - Black Version _BFF Companion
By KAWS
Located in Dallas, TX
This is a brand new piece in perfect condition. Several months after releasing the KAWS Share Figure in February, the artist released his long anticipated KAWS Take Figure. The fig...
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2010s Pop Art KAWS Art

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Resin, Vinyl

KAWS - Take Figure - Pink Version _BFF Companion
By KAWS
Located in Dallas, TX
This is a brand new piece in perfect condition. Several months after releasing the KAWS Share Figure in February, the artist released his long anticipated KAWS Take Figure. The fig...
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2010s Pop Art KAWS Art

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Resin, Vinyl

Take (Pink)
By KAWS
Located in Bristol, GB
Open edition Stamped on the underside of the feet New, as issued. Some minor imperfections may exist given the nature of the material Comes in the original box
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary KAWS Art

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Plastic, Vinyl

Holiday UK (Black)
By KAWS
Located in Bristol, GB
Painted cast vinyl Open edition Mint, as issued Stamped on underside of feet Issued with certificated NFC ship of authenticity
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary KAWS Art

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Paint

Holiday UK (Mono)
By KAWS
Located in Bristol, GB
Painted cast vinyl Open edition Mint, as issued Stamped on underside of feet Issued with certificated NFC ship of authenticity
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary KAWS Art

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Paint

Holiday UK (Brown)
By KAWS
Located in Bristol, GB
Painted cast vinyl Open edition Mint, as issued Stamped on underside of feet Issued with certificated NFC ship of authenticity
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary KAWS Art

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Paint

KAWS, Clean Slate (Brown), 2018
By KAWS
Located in Bristol, GB
KAWS is a multi-faceted artist straddling the worlds of art and design in his prolific body of work that ranges from paintings, murals, and large-scale sculptures to product design a...
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21st Century and Contemporary KAWS Art

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Plastic, Vinyl

Gone (brown)
By KAWS
Located in Bristol, GB
Painted Cast Vinyl Open edition Stamped on the underside of feet Mint, as issued. Some minor imperfections may exist given the nature of the material
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary KAWS Art

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Plastic, Vinyl

Share (mono)
By KAWS
Located in Bristol, GB
Painted cast vinyl Open edition Stamped on the underside of the feet New, as issued. Some minor imperfections may exist given the nature of the material. Sold in the original packaging
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary KAWS Art

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Vinyl

KAWS, Clean Slate (Black), 2018
By KAWS
Located in Bristol, GB
KAWS is a multi-faceted artist straddling the worlds of art and design in his prolific body of work that ranges from paintings, murals, and large-scale sculptures to product design a...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary KAWS Art

Materials

Vinyl, Plastic

KAWS, Clean Slate (Mono), 2018
By KAWS
Located in Bristol, GB
KAWS is a multi-faceted artist straddling the worlds of art and design in his prolific body of work that ranges from paintings, murals, and large-scale sculptures to product design a...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary KAWS Art

Materials

Plastic, Vinyl

Holiday Space (Silver)
By KAWS
Located in Bristol, GB
Open edition Embossed on base of feet, unnumbered New, as issued Sold in the original packaging Published by AllRightsReserved Ltd.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary KAWS Art

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Polyurethane

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