Yesterday, we ran a Swipe File piece based on Cartoon Brew's fine observational skills regarding the Jeff Koons stainless steel Popeye statue that sold for $28,200,00 and its similarity to a Dark Horse Comics Popeye toy from a few years ago, part of a set that sold for $40 then and about $75 now. Though if you don't worry about the packaging (or Grandpa or that other thing) , $15 will do it.
We have been promised comment from Koons' representatives, but the original article has updated to state that
According to this 2012 article in Art Newspaper about Koon's numerous lawsuits over copyright infringement, Koons received permission from King Features to use Popeye for this sculpture. So, no infringement here. One now wonders if the work-for-hire artist who got paid to design a plastic toy, and instead wound up designing a $28 million sculpture, received any additional compensation
It's unlikely, Though while not wishing to comment, I did get surprised grunts from representatives Bleeding Cool approached at Dark Horse Comics. And Editor-In-Chief Scott Allie was happy to retweet the story adding his own twists.
Wow. Think I could get a couple million for slapping some enamel on this Shmoo figure I got? http://t.co/skDOA61bDN
— Scott Allie (@ScottAllie) May 16, 2014