NIGO® Collects

Sotheby's
Sep 4, 2014 8:11PM

When he was five years old Tomoaki Nagao, the Japanese music producer-turned apparel magnate now known simply as NIGO® (two from top), went to a New Year’s party where he was given a fukubukuro. Among the trinkets inside that traditional “lucky bag” was a small Donald Duck puppet that he found especially captivating (middle).

And that was how NIGO®, now 43, started his dynamic collection of toys, art, design and pop-culture memorabilia that he has amassed over the past four decades. Along with Star Wars figures, Batmobiles and movie posters, he has acquired Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Can screen prints and 1940s and 1950s furniture by Charlotte Perriand and Jean Prouvé. These have shared space in NIGO®’s Tokyo atelier (bottom) with Eames chairs; vintage and limited edition luggage by Goyard, Fendi and Louis Vuitton; and sculptures and paintings by New York artist KAWS. On 7 October more than 100 such items will be offered in NIGO® ONLY LIVES TWICE, a curated sale at Sotheby’s Hong Kong.

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