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The 123 Drumming Girls of Yoshitomo Nara

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Yoshitomo Nara is a name synonymous with the contemporary art world, renowned for his ability to evoke the innocence of childhood through his captivating artwork. Born in Hirosaki, Japan, in 1959, Nara’s journey as an artist has taken him across the globe, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of art enthusiasts and collectors alike. We take a look at his very cute 123 Drumming Girls figures with a price guide.

Yoshitomo Nara 123 Drumming Girls
Yoshitomo Nara 123 Drumming Girls figurines

Yoshitomo Nara’s  figurines are a delightful creation that encapsulate the essence of his iconic style. They were sold as a set of three, each figurine stands at a height of 5.5 inches (13.97 cm) with dimensions of 3 inches by 3 inches (7.62 cm x 7.62 cm), showcasing Nara’s unique blend of simplicity and emotional depth.

Yoshitomo Nara 123 Drumming Girls with boxes
Yoshitomo Nara 123 Drumming Girls with boxes
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These charming figures were produced in 2020 by HOW2WORK. Each figurine features a girl donning a numbered hat while holding drumsticks, a representation of Nara’s fascination with childhood innocence and creativity. They came in three colours green, red, and cyan and are constructed from high-quality vinyl and plastic materials. Collectors and art enthusiasts alike are drawn to the allure of these “123 Drumming Girls,” each one a miniature masterpiece, embodying Yoshitomo Nara’s distinctive artistic vision.

Yoshitomo Nara How 2 work 123 Drumming Girls Figure Set With Limited Edition Box
With Limited Edition Box

Sets seem to be readily available at present on ebay and shops, with prices varying greatly. We have seen prices on auction sites of $1,050 at Sotheby’s to auction prices of £900. However, most auction sales from mid 2023 to late 2023 are in the region of £150-£250 / $200-$300. There seems to have been some panic buying.

The 123 Drumming Girls are becoming an iconic design of Nara and also feature on small glasses, tall glasses and storage jars.

Yoshitomo Nara 123 Drumming Girls Glass Storage Jars
Glass Storage Jars

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