Artist Takashi Murakami and Pharrell Williams have both collaborated with Louis Vuitton, and now the two men, both represented by Paris art dealer Emmanuel Perrotin, are collaborating on artworks with a dash of bling. Williams is having his cult jeweler, Jacob & Co., pave everyday objects in precious stones, which will then be incorporated into sculptures by Murakami. Titled “The Simple Things” and set inside a chamber-like plexi vitrine, the Mr. Dob–themed sculpture is a hallucinatory work in fiberglass, steel, LED light system, and acrylic, and features seven objects — including a bag of Doritos, a bottle of Heinz ketchup, and a can of Pepsi — all made in different types of gold (pink, yellow, and white) and encrusted with rubies, sapphires, emeralds, and diamonds. It sold for €2 million ($2.8 million) In Art Basel this week.


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