The Collectible Characters of Pop and Street Art

Artsy Specialist
Mar 19, 2018 4:55pm
Street art is known for its cast of characters, from stick figures to space invaders. Below, you’ll discover seven artists and their collectible creations—all available for bidding now.
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British Royalty by Banksy

The ever-elusive street artist, whose identity remains unknown, often finds inspiration in the British monarchy, depicting Princess Diana, Queen Victoria, and even a monkey wearing a crown.

Starting bids from £550

Di-Faced Tenner
BanksyDi-Faced Tenner, 2004. Chiswick Auctions
Monkey Queen
BanksyMonkey Queen, 2003. Chiswick Auctions

Stick Figures by Stik

Plastered on buildings around the world, Stik’s trademark of long, lanky, unassuming figures reflects the artist’s history of living in homelessness in the early 2000s.

Starting bids from £380

Hip (Blue)
StikHip (Blue), 2013. Forum Auctions
Dancer
StikDancer, 2011. Christie's
Liberty (Orange/Blue)
StikLiberty (Orange/Blue), 2013. Forum Auctions

Marilyn Monroe by Sandra Chevrier

Chevrier’s hyperrealistic portraits of Marilyn Monroe emphasize the celebrity’s strength and vulnerability while drawing connections between superheroes and celebrities.

Starting bids from £420


Space Invaders by Invader

The French street artist dedicates his moniker and style to the 1978 arcade game Space Invaders, describing these pixelated characters as “the perfect icons of our time.”

Starting bids from £2,800

Invasion (Red)
InvaderInvasion (Red), 2009. Chiswick Auctions
LED
InvaderLED, 2017. Chiswick Auctions

Companion Toys by KAWS

KAWS’s Companion—a mousy cartoon with the letter X for eyes—has become so widely popular that it was even featured as a float in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Starting bids from £140


Kawaii Dogs by Yoshitomo Nara

Nara often features smiling, sinister, and sleepy dogs in his paintings, sculptures, and product designs—and the Japanese artist even published a children’s book called The Lonesome Puppy in 2008.

Starting bids from $300

Aomori Dog (White)
Yoshitomo NaraAomori Dog (White), 2017. Forum Auctions
(i) Walk On (ii) Walk On Pup King
Yoshitomo Nara(i) Walk On (ii) Walk On Pup King, (i) 2002 (ii) circa 2002. Doyle

Mr. DOB by Takashi Murakami

In 1993, Murakami created Mr. DOB—short for the Japanese slang expression “dobojite,” or “why?”—as his alter ego, inspired by the graphic characters in anime and manga comics.

Starting bids from £700