Dutch Painter Van Gogh’s Self Portrait with Grey Felt Hat painting came out in 1889. The Painting sold for a record breaking $71.5 million at auction in 1998. Medicom Toy collaborated with the Van Gogh Estate in February 2021 to put the watercolor painting onto its recognizable Bearbrick figure. The painting is shown on the legs, arms, waist, torso and head of the bearbrick figure. The collaboration between Van Gogh and Bearbrick allows a new group of collectors to appreciate the late artist's work.
The first BE@RBRICK was birthed by MediCom Toy in Japan in 2001, and no one could have anticipated the subsequent impact it would have on popular culture. The bear-like figure has attracted an impressive array of star-studded collabs, which bridges streetwear, fashion and art in a colourful flurry of desirable collectibles, and it has moved into art galleries as well as the homes of A-list celebrities. BE@RBRICKS are collectable figures comprised of nine parts — a head, torso, hips, arms, hands, and legs with joints that can move, which come in a range of materials and sizes. The figures are sold in series with two drops a year, with the series in turn consisting of four types (basic, standard, artist and secret.) The standard category can be further sub-divided into different recurring themes, and each BE@RBRICK series and theme also has its own level of rarity. Adding to this the fact that the standard figures are sold in blind boxes, collecting a whole set becomes really tricky.