The 100 Helmets of THE VADER PROJECT are ready for Auction!

Arriving in Philly for the auction set-up

The 100 Helmets of THE VADER PROJECT are ready for Auction!

Following the successful 10-day Los Angeles Auction Preview, The Vader Project is ready for auction. The iconic collection features 100 Darth Vader Helmets re-imagined by today’s most notable artists

The Vader Project will be on display at Freeman’s Auctioneers and Appraisers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (July 5-9) for the final opportunity to view the helmets in person before they are sold at auction (July 10). “The result is astounding” said Simeon Lipman, Pop Culture Specialist at Freeman’s. “The sale will give members of the public the chance to purchase unique artworks made from these iconic symbols of the movie industry by a number of well known artists including Shag, Marc Ecko, Tim Biskup, Frank Kozik and many more.” The Freeman’s Auction will take place July 10, 2010 at 12:00pm Eastern Time at Freeman’s Auction House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania preceded by a 5-day exhibition there July 5-9.

To watch the auction LIVE online go to:

Collectors and art  connoisseurs worldwide will have the opportunity to bid online at Freeman’s  website, Most bidding will begin at $1,500.  For more information about how to participate in the auction, please visit  “How to Buy at Auction”

DKE Toys in conjunction with Freeman’s produced a 200-plus page, full-color, limited edition catalog that features all 100 helmets, artist bios and some history on the project. It is available now
To view the complete catalog online go to:

Curated and produced by Dov Kelemer and Sarah Jo Marks of DKE Toys (,
The Vader Project features 100 of the best underground artists and designers working today.  “From a simple idea in 2005 to a record-setting exhibition in 2009, it’s time for our child to venture forth into the world,” Kelemer and Marks said. “We are pleased to have partnered with Freeman’s to make these fine pieces of art available to the public for the first time.”

For this unique project, each artist customized a 1:1 scale authentic prop replica of the actual Darth Vader helmet featured in the STAR WARS™ films. Notable artists involved with the project include:Shag, Peter Kuper, Jermaine Rogers, Gary Baseman, BXH, Tim Biskup, The Pizz, Dalek, Paul Frank, Ron English, Jeff Soto, Michelle  Valigura, Frank Kozik, Plasticgod, Simone Legno – Tokidoki, Bill McMullen,  Secret Base, Joe Ledbetter, Alex Pardee, Suckadelic, Cameron Tiede, Mister  Cartoon, Marc Ecko, and Amanda Visell.

Since its premiere in 2007, The Vader Project has toured the world. The collection launched in May 2007 at the Star Wars Celebration IV event in Los Angeles, and travelled internationally to Europe in July 2007 and Japan in July 2008. Most recently The Vader Project was on display from February 13 – May 3, 2009 at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Hi-res images available upon request.
DKE Toys Flickr:

The Vader Project Press and Media Inquiries
Angelique Groh | Charm School
angelique [at]
T: 323-363-9338

Freeman’s Auctioneers & Appraisers
1808 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
T: 215.563.9275

DKE Toys
vaderproject [at]
T: 818-765-3500

Artist List

Josh Agle (Shag)  Troy Alders   Kii Arens   Attaboy   Anthony Ausgang   Axis   Aye Jay   
Gary Baseman
   Andrew Bell   Tim Biskup    Mark Bodnar   BXH HIKARU    Andrew Brandou   
Buff Monster
   Mister Cartoon  Chino   mr clement   Robbie Conal   CRASH   Steven Daily   
   Dehara   DGPH  Cam de Leon   Devilrobots   Yoko d’Holbachie   Bob Dob   
Tristan Eaton & Azk One – Thunderdog Studios
   Marc Ecko   Eelus   Ron English   
   David Flores   Brian Flynn – Hybrid Design   Paul Frank   Gargamel  Huck Gee
Fawn Gehweiler   Mike Giant   Girls Drawin Girls  Dan Goodsell  Gris Grimly
Joe Hahn   Haze XXL   Jesse Hernandez    Derek Hess  Itokin Park   Jeremyville   kaNO  
Mori Katsura- RealxHead 
  Sun-MinKim & David Horvath   Jim Koch
Frank Kozik   David S. Krys – DSK Designs   Peter Kuper   Wade Lageose – Lageose Design   
Joe Ledbetter 
     Simone Legno – Tokidoki  Mad  Mad Barbarians   Madtwiinz    Marka27   Mars-1   
Bill McMullen
   Melvins  Mori Chack   Brian Morris   Nanospore   Niagara   
Mitch O’Connell
   olive47   Martin Ontiveros   Estevan Oriol   Alex Pardee   The Pizz   
   PlaysKewl   Dave Pressler    Ragnar    Jermaine Rogers
Erick Scarecrow  Secret Base J. Otto Seibold   Sket-One   Shawn Smith   Winston Smith
Jeff Soto   Damon Soule  Bwana Spoons   Jophen Stein   Suckadelic  T9G    Gary Taxali   
Cameron Tiede
  Touma   UrbanMedium  Usugrow   Michelle Valigura   VanBeater   
Amanda Visell

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