Bidding Battle for KAWS SpongeBob Breaks Record

Le Musée Privé Magazine d'Art Moderne et Contemporain
Experience the lively auction room atmosphere as bidders at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale in London drove the selling price of KAWS’ “Again and Again” to a record price for the artist. Eventually selling for £1.03 million, the depiction of one of America’s best loved cartoon characters was expected to fetch between £250,000–300,000. Download The Sotheby’s - FOR MORE NEWS FROM SOTHEBY’S Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sothebys/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sothebys Twitter: https://twitter.com/sothebys Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/ Weibo: https://www.weibo.com/sothebyshongkong WeChat: sothebyshongkong Snapchat: Sothebys
 
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KAWS, the Brooklyn-based artist also known as Brian Donnelly, is recognized for his appropriations of animations from popular culture; one of his most notable characters is COMPANION – a dark twist on Mickey Mouse. Composed of vibrant colors, an eerie grin and KAWS’ classic X-eyes, this portrait of SpongeBob offers a poignant social commentary on an image-saturated and media-obsessed contemporary society. “[I] found it weird how infused a cartoon could become in people's lives; the impact it could have, compared to regular politics,” the artist explains. Nostalgic to some, humorous to others, take a glimpse into the sale room as bidding goes back and forth for this iconic, record-setting work.
Experience the lively auction room atmosphere as bidders at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale in London drove the selling price of KAWS’ “Again and Again” to a record price for the artist. Eventually selling for £1.03 million, the depiction of one of America’s best loved cartoon characters was expected to fetch between £250,000–300,000. Download The Sotheby’s - FOR MORE NEWS FROM SOTHEBY’S Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sothebys/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sothebys Twitter: https://twitter.com/sothebys Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/ Weibo: https://www.weibo.com/sothebyshongkong WeChat: sothebyshongkong Snapchat: Sothebys
 
 
KAWS, the Brooklyn-based artist also known as Brian Donnelly, is recognized for his appropriations of animations from popular culture; one of his most notable characters is COMPANION – a dark twist on Mickey Mouse. Composed of vibrant colors, an eerie grin and KAWS’ classic X-eyes, this portrait of SpongeBob offers a poignant social commentary on an image-saturated and media-obsessed contemporary society. “[I] found it weird how infused a cartoon could become in people's lives; the impact it could have, compared to regular politics,” the artist explains. Nostalgic to some, humorous to others, take a glimpse into the sale room as bidding goes back and forth for this iconic, record-setting work.
 

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