For a few, it was home. For many others, Japan’s odd mix of traditions and modernities served as their place of inspirations. So when pop artist Takashi Murakami started plans for his charity auction to benefit the ongoing recovery efforts from March’s devastating Tohoku-Pacific Earthquake, artists like Yoshitomo Nara, Cindy Sherman, KAWS, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, and more jumped on the chance. Even gallerist Larry Gagosian and Christie’s auction house chairman Francois Pinault decided to pitch in.
After a 3-day long showing at Gagosian Gallery, the Tohoku-Pacific Earthquake Benefit Auction went underway this morning at Christie’s New York headquarters. With actor Ken Watanabe presiding, the 20 works of art sold briskly in the matter of few hours. By the time the final gravel fell, the auction generated a total of $8,756,100 million. What’s more, “KAWSBOB Enters The Strange Forest”, a 60-inch in diameter acrylic on canvas by artist KAWS, fetched a whopping price of $155,000! A additional $110,000 more than the highest estimate price and a new record price for the artist’s work. Congratulation to all who participated.