The “Summer Marine Discovery,” a Popeye-themed promotion, kicked off on July 7 and runs through the end of August in Hong Kong. Coordinated by LF Asia, this event is located at Gold Coast Piazza, a scenic waterfront area along the beautiful Castle Peak Bay. Featuring character sculpts and colorful backdrops for picture taking and character meet and greets, this venue provides visitors and fans with the chance to marvel at a collection of Popeye memorabilia.
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.
It’s rare that the reporter becomes the story but, as we celebrate the 85th anniversary of Popeye’s first appearance on Jan. 17, 1929, that’s exactly what has happened.
A newspaper arts & entertainment editor in California who was writing a story about the Sailor Man, his creator, Elzie Crisler Segar, and the history of the character contacted us here at King Features for assistance with background information, interviews and artwork. The result? A fantastic cover story on our favorite mariner!