NEW YORK, NY -- The fifth installment of Doyle’s Contemporary Collector series covers Postwar & Contemporary editions, original works and a selection of artist multiples and pop culture collectibles. Created in 2004 for an exhibition in Thailand, lot 1, is a work on canvas by graffiti art pioneer Futura 2000. This work features his famed Pointman character, an abstract robot-like figure that has appeared in his artwork roughly since the late 90s, as well as apparel and collectibles produced by Bathing Ape and Nike.
Designer vinyl toys are represented throughout the sale, featuring Giant Scratch, a monster-sized figure hand-painted by Street Art superstar Ron English. The nearly five-foot high figure, created by indie toy company Dudebox was a featured attraction at the 2013 New York Comicon. Other artist toys include KAWS’ Passing Through and Companion Blush figures produced by Medicom, as well as Bearbricks designed after artwork by Keith Haring, Jackson Pollock and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Five lithographs from the 1985 Fashion Moda Portfolio are featured, including editions by graffiti art legends DAZE and CRASH, as well as Post-Pop icon Ronnie Cutrone, and artists Rick Prol and James Poppitz. Editions in the sale also include examples by Julian Opie, Ilya Bolotowsky, Gene Davis, Ai Weiwei, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Richard Prince and more. Artist multiples feature a full set of the rare Scout Series embroidered patches by Kerry James Marshall, produced in conjunction with his exhibition at MoCA Los Angeles, as well as examples by Yoshitomo Nara, Takashi Murakami, and Yayoi Kusama.
Expanding on the concept of the Contemporary Collector, a selection of notable collectibles are featured, including lot 13, which comprises the full 34-figure run of the classic 1980s Kenner Toys series Super Powers. The Super Powers line was based on the DC Comics universe, starring their best-known heroes such as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, and also included more esoteric DC characters like Red Tornado, Orion and Mister Miracle. The set also includes Clark Kent, originally only available as a rare mail-away premium. One of the rarest examples from this toy line is Cyborg, who at the time of this series’ production was a somewhat minor character from the Teen Titans comic series. Cyborg has since evolved into a beloved major character, most recently starring in the 2017 Justice League motion picture, and a solo film slated for release in 2020. Also included is a selection of rare key-issue comic books, including Ghost Rider issue #1 from 1973, Marvel Super Heroes issue #18, the first appearance of The Guardians of the Galaxy, and Uncanny X-Force issue #1, with a unique hand-drawn cover by Dan Brereton. Each comic is professionally graded by CGC, the gold standard for professional grading in the comic book industry. Each comic is expertly graded and carefully “slabbed,” or sealed in a protective case to insure its condition. Not just pure nostalgia, these comics and toys represent cultural touchstones that continue to influence many major Contemporary artists and their patrons.
Place your bids now! The sale closes on Wednesday, May 9 at 6pm EDT.