Well-known Japanese artist Takashi Murakami teamed up with the fashion brand Supreme to raise money during the coronavirus pandemic – and ended up raising over a million dollars.
Murakami, founder of the “Superflat” movement which blurs the boundaries of high and low culture, has helped to create a shirt with his original works of art. The print features the Supreme logo against the artist’s signature flowers.
The shirt originally sold for $ 60. But every time Supreme releases new items, they are quickly bought and resold at much higher prices online, with fans around the world clamoring for the coveted goods – and this time it wasn’t different. The shirt is on sale for up to $ 1,750 on the Grailed streetwear site.
Supreme is one of the most sought after brands in fashion and boasts collaborations with the likes of Louis Vuitton, Lacoste, Nike and Timberland.
On Tuesday, Help USA posted a photo of the shirt on Instagram, thanking the brand for donating $ 1,052,040 in sales.
“This incredible gift comes at a time of great need for our customers and supports our work nationwide to provide the most vulnerable with a safe place to call home, food and essential services during this crisis and beyond,” said the post.
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Caption of the upper image: the artist Takashi Murakami participates in the FIAC 2019 – International preview of the contemporary art fair at the Grand Palais on October 16, 2019 in Paris, France.