Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris Acquired from the above by the present owner
“As a Japanese artist whose art is born in the chaos of an art scene without rules or distinctions, maybe I am able to break boundaries in ways that a Western artist cannot" (Takashi Murakami cited in: Jim Frederick, 'Move Over, Andy Warhol', Time Magazine Japan, 19 May 2003, pp. 42-44).
Colour: The colour in the catalogue illustration is fairly accurate, although the overall tonality is slightly deeper and richer in the original.
This work is in very good condition. Extremely close inspection reveals two very fine cracks towards the lower right hand corner tip. No restoration is apparent when examined under ultra-violet light. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."