KAWS, ‘KAWS  Limited Edition 1st Companion from the collection of art critic Anthony Haden Guest (Signed)’, 1999, Alpha 137 Gallery
KAWS, ‘KAWS  Limited Edition 1st Companion from the collection of art critic Anthony Haden Guest (Signed)’, 1999, Alpha 137 Gallery
KAWS, ‘KAWS  Limited Edition 1st Companion from the collection of art critic Anthony Haden Guest (Signed)’, 1999, Alpha 137 Gallery
KAWS, ‘KAWS  Limited Edition 1st Companion from the collection of art critic Anthony Haden Guest (Signed)’, 1999, Alpha 137 Gallery
KAWS, ‘KAWS  Limited Edition 1st Companion from the collection of art critic Anthony Haden Guest (Signed)’, 1999, Alpha 137 Gallery
KAWS, ‘KAWS  Limited Edition 1st Companion from the collection of art critic Anthony Haden Guest (Signed)’, 1999, Alpha 137 Gallery
KAWS, ‘KAWS  Limited Edition 1st Companion from the collection of art critic Anthony Haden Guest (Signed)’, 1999, Alpha 137 Gallery
KAWS, ‘KAWS  Limited Edition 1st Companion from the collection of art critic Anthony Haden Guest (Signed)’, 1999, Alpha 137 Gallery

This limited edition work is KAWS 1st Companion - was done nearly two decades ago (in 1999). It was created in a limited edition of only 500, but this one was also, exceptionally boldly signed in the Millenium in indelible marker on the bottom of the feet - dated '00 - for Anthony Haden Guest. In addition to being KAWS 1st Companion, the work has exceptional provenance, as it was acquired from the private collection of art critic Anthony Haden Guest - a gift from the artist to him. This early KAWS Companion is reproduced and documented on page 232 of the monograph KAWS by Monica Ramirez-Montagut, (Hardcover), Skira Rizzoli - the first comprehensive monograph on the artist, published in 2010. There have since been many more companions over the decades, the recent ones being open editions and unsigned sold en masse for thousands of dollars --whereas here is the first - from 1999 - limited edition, hand signed with amazing provenance. Own a piece of KAWS history!!

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Signature: Signed by hand and dated '00 by KAWS on the underside of the Companion's foot. (see photograph)

Manufacturer: Bounty Hunter, Tokyo, Japan (Made in China)

This early KAWS multiple is featured on page 232 of the monograph "KAWS" by Monica Ramirez-Montagut, (Hardcover), Skira Rizzoli - the first comprehensive monograph on the artist, published in 2010.

The Collection of Anthony Haden-Guest

About KAWS

“KAWS” is a graffiti artist, illustrator, painter, sculptor, product designer, and toymaker. His cartoonish style—including his best-known characters with X-ed out eyes—has its roots in his early career as a street artist, when he began replacing advertisements with his own, masterful acrylic paintings in the early 1990s. Since, KAWS has embraced the commercialist spirit of Claes Oldenburg and Takashi Murakami, designing everything from Kanye West album covers to Nike sneakers. Avoiding the distinction between products and art objects, KAWS has shown his work increasingly in galleries and museums over the past decade; some of his most famous images are reimagined versions of pop characters like Mickey Mouse and the Michelin Man.

American, b. 1974, Jersey City, New Jersey, based in Brooklyn, New York

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Wakefield, West Yorkshire,