We always talk about iconic characters and storylines in paintings here at Juxtapoz, and one of the most legendary figures that has appeared and reappeared in contemporary art is Takashi Murakami's "Mr DOB." It's one of the rare and instantly recognizable identities in the influential artist's practice, and has been part of his work for the past 28 years. 

To celebreate DOB's birthday, Takashi and Perrotin Hong Kong are set to release the Melting DOB vinyl sculpture, exclusive to Asia but sure to be one of the most sought after collectibles on the market in 2021. The work is about a foot wide and ten inches tall and sold in a very limited quantity of 300. The work features a “©TM/KK MADE IN JAPAN” etched on the bottom of the figure as well. As Hypebeast reported, the "Melting DOB figure is priced at $16,800 HKD (approx. $2,167 USD) apiece and will be available this January 28 at Perrotin Hong Kong’s store."