The well-known Japanese graphic artist, Shinzi Katoh, is developing designs for both Betty Boop™ and Popeye®, which will be licensed for products in Japan and subsequently by King Features and its agents throughout the world. King Features is the worldwide licensor for Popeye and, working closely with Fleischer Studios, worldwide exclusive licensing agent for Betty Boop.
Popeye and Olive Oyl are featured in a collection of men’s and women’s graphic T-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies that recently launched in UNIQLO stores under its UT label.
Today, let’s call him Popeye the $28.2 Million Man. That was the sale price against the estimate of about $25 million for Jeff Koons’s stainless steel sculpture, “Popeye.” Beautifully finished in colorful, jewel-like glazes, the statue was part of a $364.4 million sale of contemporary art at Sotheby’s in New York on May 14.
Casino magnate Steve Wynn bought the 6.5-foot-tall work and will display it in front of his Las Vegas hotel.