Yayoi Kusama, Louis Vuitton's most recent artistic collaborator, is the headliner of Bonhams & Butterfields' Japanese Art Auction next month. The auction house will be selling select works from her Infinity Mirror Room series as well as a selection of prints by Takashi Murakami. Murakami has collaborated with Louis Vuitton on a number of occasions, including releasing a special edition of the Monogram Multicolored line as well as creating the Kusama-inspired Embrace Collection.
Kusama's Louis Vuitton work is being sold through her own foundation, which has promised to dedicate all proceeds from the auction to cultural exchange programs and charitable organizations in Fukushima. The collection is expected to go for between $3,000 and $4,000 per print.
One of the most expensive pieces in the auction will be a limited edition Murakami illustration from Louis Vuitton's 2012 spring/summer catalog that features a drawn rendering of one of Kusama's polka-dot pumpkins. The piece opens at $3,000 and will likely go for much more.
"Both Kusama and Murakami are artists of international caliber whose works resonate with a broad spectrum of collectors," said Bonhams Chairman and CEO Michael P. Conlon in an official statement on the auction. "It is our hope that these wonderful pieces from their respective bodies of work will be available for all to see and appreciate."