This is just a warning for those who is interested in buying Takashi Murakami's "Flower Cushion" etc. I found the following website offering fake copies ("1:1 replica products" in their own words) of these popular cushions. These fakes seem to be originated from China. They even come with a fake Kaikai Kiki tag.
After comparing the materials and shapes between the real and fake ones, I suspect that these fakes are being sold on eBay as genuine items, with the seller listed as being from Hong Kong. Most worryingly, a one-man gallery, who also appears on here occasionally and deals on eBay as well as his own website (with increasing amount of Murakami prints), has bought several of these from the suspected seller. Be warned.
I also highly suspect that the Yosh!tomo Nara The Little Wanderer on offer is also a fake, as the design of the bottom of the sculpture is different from the real ones. (The wheels as well as the lack of screws)
I am not going to name the gallery outright (although you will find it on the above seller's feedbacks), because to be fair he has not put the cushions on sale, and he might have just bought them for personal use.
The gallery is now selling the highly suspicious cushions as genuine items. Please be aware. He bought these items from a eBay seller (from Hong Kong, not Japan) who sells these most likely to be fake copies of the Murakami cushions.
Takashi Murakami, "As The Interdimensional Waves Run Through Me, I Can Distinguish Between The Voices Of Angel And Devil!", acrylic and gold leaf on canvas, 300 x 600 cm, on the Galerie Perrotin stand @ the International Fair of Contemprary Art:
jeromeetjess: Hi Shrink I bought a set of eternal reflection prints directely to MW! I am waiting for a payment for the green and pink ones today or tomorrow but I have an orange one to sell at 666€! I am based in France and only accept paypal transfer with
May 22, 2013 21:27:52 GMT 1
Finsbury: champions league your having. A laugh
May 19, 2013 20:40:25 GMT 1
Finsbury: Front wheels no show Hahnaahaahahahah
May 19, 2013 20:38:52 GMT 1
May 16, 2013 12:28:22 GMT 1
258: im after vna's 8, 9 & 11, does anyone know anyone selling them? cheers
May 16, 2013 10:21:30 GMT 1
siankisses: [br]FOR SALE – thegiant.org/wiki/index.php/Guns_and_Roses_Offset - signed,numbered 135 of 750. black mount & black gallery frame, purchased from Artrepublic in 2007. I am looking for £350 or a sensible offer. Buyer to collect from London, SE1.
May 15, 2013 10:57:47 GMT 1