Hiropon (artwork by Takashi Murakami)
Hiropon is a trio of sculptures by Takashi Murakami, made in 1997. Three similar sculptures were produced, in addition to an artist’s proof, each with different colour schemes.
Depicting a buxom female in a bikini, the fiberglass works measure more than 200cm high.
Murakami also produced other similar Hiropon depictions, including prints.
Takashi Murakami is a Japanese artist born in 1962. He is one of the most collectible Japanese artists and has turned his hand to a range of forms including painting, sculpture and even handbag design.
He is known for his “Superflat” art theory and has been dubbed the “next Andy Warhol”.
A Hiropon sculpture sold for $427,500 at Christie’s New York in May 2002.
It had come to auction with a $120,000 estimate.
Hiropon also refers to the Hiropon factory, close to Tokyo, Japan, established by Murakami to produce his pieces.