DKE Toys Press Release: DKE Toys Archive Auction at March 4th!

Pioneering Designer Toy Distributor and Collector Dov Kelemer 
Opens the Vault For Heritage Auctions
DKE Toys makes history March 4 with major 
stand-alone auction of designer toys

The DKE Toys Archive Auction is set to make history as master collector Dov Kelemer presents the world’s first stand-alone sale of designer and art toys from dozens of artists, designers, and creators. With bidding now open, and the live auction set for 11am PST/1pm CST March 4, this event is already considered a watershed sale by the toy collecting community.

The DKE Toys Archive event is filled with collectible works created from the inception of the designer toy scene in the early 2000s until today. This is not only a history of DKE Toys but a chronology of the designer toy movement. Its breadth only reflects Kelemer’s wish to give fellow collectors access to the hobby’s most sought-after works – among them 2002’s Invasion Kit #1: Albinos by Invader, which is considered a seminal piece by street-art collectors.

“Each of the 160 lots offered in this online event is a coveted highlight among collectors,” Kelemer says, “and includes some of the most renowned artists working in the scene.” 

Look no further than Frank Kozik, who single-handedly revived the rock poster scene in the 90s, who turned his attention to art toys only to later become chief creative officer for Kidrobot. More than three dozen lots of his pieces are highlighted in this event, among them are complete sets of his landmark large scale bust series, Ho Chi Minh (set of 12, 2007), Dead Che (set of 13, 2010), Ludwig Van (14 color ways offered individually, 2008), Gipper (set of 13, 2012), and Big Army Man (set of 11, 2009). Here, too, collectors will find his painted fiberglass stool Stache Happy Labbit Stool (White), a recent piece, and one of his most iconic Kidrobot offerings, RedRum Dunny from 2008. 

Kozik also appears among the artists involved in this jam session lasting six years, from 2004-2010: Circus Punks, 19 pieces designed by the likes of Ron English, Gary Baseman, Joe Ledbetter, Thomas Han, UPSO, SHAG, Reuben Rude, NYC Lase, Craola, Bob Dob, Tokidoki, Wonderland War and Voltaire. Circus Punks is nothing short of an all-star line-up of fabulous furry freaks.

Ron English is here in collaboration with The Showroom NYC for 2004’s MC Supersized (Glow in the Dark). That was the same year the artist created the character, based on a certain fast-food mascot, for director Morgan Spurlock’s documentary Supersize Me. In due time, bootlegs of MC Supersized became wildly popular in China; this one, of course, is the real deal.

Graffiti artist Futura, who once made subway stations his canvas and shared stages with the Clash during the band’s 1981 European tour, remains the rock star of the art toy world. Heritage is thrilled to include in this event one of each of his iconic painted vinyl pieces from 2005: Nosferatu. The auction will also feature Futura X adFunture’s circa-2008 collaboration FUTURA Tag.

Most of the pieces here are limited editions, among them 2005’s Andy Mouse (Red) from The Estate of Keith Haring X 360 Toy Group; The Sucklord’s deeply coveted two-piece Sucklord 600 (AFA graded). And of course no sale of collectible toys would be complete without an offering from KAWS, in this case 2007’s Darth Vader

“We expect the sale to break multiple world records,” says Leon Benrimon, Heritage Auctions’ Vice President of Modern and Contemporary Art. “Many of these items are coming up for the first – and, possibly, the last time – at auction.”

Bidding is now open for the The DKE Toy Archive event, with the live auction scheduled to begin at 11am PST/1pm CST March 4. 

Check out the full auction and bid here: 
2021 March 4 DKE Toys Archive Special Online Auction 11159

There are always more photos on our Flickr.

Invader (b. 1969)Invasion Kit #1: Albinos, 2002
Ceramic tiles on plaster wall section5-1/2 x 7-1/4 inches (14 x 18.4 cm) (tiles)
Ed. 231/350
Numbered in ink to reverse of accompanying packaging
Published by the artist
Frank Kozik (b. 1962)Ho Chi Minh Bust (set of 12), 2007Cast vinyl
15 x 9-1/2 inches (38.1 x 24.1 cm) (each)Edition of 50 (each)
Each stamped to the undersidePublished by the artist

Circus Punks X Various Artists
Circus Punks (19 works), 2004-2010
Screenprints on stuffed fabric with wooden base
15 x 5 inches (38.1 x 12.7 cm) (each)A.P. 4/5 (Joe Ledbetter)
Editions of 30, 50, 100, and 150 respectively.

Each signed by their respective artist and numbered with a few dated in ink to the underside
Produced by Circus Punks, Fresno
Collaborating artists include Ron English, Gary Baseman, Joe Ledbetter, Jim Koch, Kozik, Thomas Han, UPSO, Shag, Reuben Rude, NYC Lase, Craola, Bob Dob, Tokidoki, Wonderland War, and Voltaire.
Ron English X The Showroom NYC
MC Supersized (Glow in the Dark), 2004
Painted cast vinyl9-1/2 x 8 inches (24.1 x 20.3 cm)
Edition of 100
Produced by The Showroom NYC, New York

Futura (b. 1955)
Nosferatu (Black/Red/Yellow), 2005
Painted cast vinyl15 x 9 inches (38.1 x 22.9 cm)
Produced by 360 Toy Group

KAWS (b. 1974)Darth Vader, 2007
Painted cast vinyl
9-3/4 x 4-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches (24.8 x 11.4 x 8.9 cm)
Stamped to the underside of the feet
Produced by Medicom Toy and OriginalFake, Tokyo

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

Heritage also enjoys the highest Online traffic and dollar volume of any auction house on earth (source: SimilarWeb and Hiscox Report). The Internet’s most popular auction-house website,, has more than 1,250,000 registered bidder-members and searchable free archives of five million past auction records with prices realized, descriptions and enlargeable photos. 

Leon Benrimon | Vice President, Modern and Contemporary Art HERITAGE AUCTIONS 310-492-8676| 877-HERITAGE (437-4824) | Fax: 212-486-3571  9478 West Olympic Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90212 

DKE Toys: Dov Kelemer & Sarah Jo Marks are Co-Founders of DKE Toys which was the largest independent wholesale distributor of designer toys, limited edition art objects, collectibles, and gifts in the world exclusively representing hundreds of artists, designers, and boutique manufacturers. In 2016 the wholesale distribution arm of the business was sold to Disburst Ltd.

DKE Toys has curated dozens of art shows over the past 15 years including The Vader Project (World Tour), Let’s Eat (Giant Robot), 99 Deaths of Jar Jar (Designer Con), Spoonful of Star Wars (SDCC) and more. Currently DKE Toys shows at 3 conventions a year including their very own #DKECON in which artists from all over the world create limited edition hand made action figures.
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