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Press Release - February 17, 2021

Pioneering Designer Toy Distributor and Collector Dov Kelemer Opens the Vault For Heritage Auctions

DKE Toys makes history March 4 with major stand-alone auction of designer toys


Circus Punks X Various Artists. Circus Punks (19 works), 2004-2010 at Heritage Auctions
DALLAS, Texas (Feb. 17, 2021) — The DKE Toys Archive Auction is set to make history as master collector Dov Kelemer presents the world's first stand-alone sale of collectible toys from dozens of creators. With bidding now open, and the live auction set for 1 p.m. Central time March 4, this event is already considered a watershed sale by the toy collecting community.

The DKE Toys Archive event is filled with prized works created from 2000 to today, alongside toys in other mediums. Its breadth only reflects Kelemer's wish to give fellow collectors access to the hobby's most sought-after works — among them 2002's Invasion Kit #1: Albinos by Invader, which is considered a seminal piece by street-art collectors.

"Each of the 160 lots offered in this online event is a coveted highlight among collectors," Kelemer says, "and includes some of the most renowned artists working in the scene."

Look no further than Frank Kozik, the world-renowned maker of concert posters who in time turned his attention to art toys only to become chief creative officer for Kidrobot. More than three dozen of his pieces are highlighted in this event, among them Ho Chi Minh Bust, a set of 12 made in 2007, and, from three years later, the 13-piece Dead Che Bust. Here, too, collectors will find his painted fiberglass stool Stache Happy Labbit Stool (White), a recent piece, and one of his most iconic Kidrobot offerings, RedRum Dunny from 2008. The latter is a Shining example, indeed.

Kozik also appears among the artists involved in this jam session lasting six years, from 2004-2010: Circus Punks, 19 pieces designed by the likes of Ron English, Gary Baseman, Joe Ledbetter, Thomas Han, UPSO, Shag, NYC Lase, Craola, Bob Dob, Tokidoki, Wonderland War and Voltaire. Circus Punks is nothing short of an all-star line-up of fabulous furry freaks.

The solo Ron English is here, as well, in collaboration with The Showroom NYC for 2004's MC Supersized (Glow in the Dark). That was the same year the artist created the character, based on a certain fast-food mascot, for director Morgan Spurlock's documentary Supersize Me. In due time, bootlegs of MC Supersized became wildly popular in China; this one, of course, is the real deal, numbered to 100.

Graffiti artist Futura, who once made subway stations his canvas and shared stages with the Clash during the band's 1981 European tour, remains the rock star of the art toy world. Heritage is thrilled to include in this event all eight of his iconic painted vinyl pieces from 2005 series Nosferatu. The auction will also feature Futura X adFunture's circa-2006 collaboration FUTURA Tag.

Most of the pieces here are limited editions, among them 2005's Andy Mouse (Red) from The Estate of Keith Haring X 360 Toy Group and The Sucklord's deeply coveted two-piece Sucklord 600. And of course no sale of collectible toys would be complete without an offering from KAWS, in this case 2007's Darth Vader.

"We expect the sale to break multiple world records," says Leon Benrimon, Heritage Auctions' Vice President of Modern and Contemporary Art. "Many of these items are coming up for the first – and, possibly, the last time – at auction."

In other words, this is no time to toy around.

Bidding is now open for The DKE Toys Archive event, with the live auction scheduled to begin at noon Central time March 4.

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world's largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

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