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The 100 Helmets of THE VADER PROJECT: Freeman's Auction / Los Angeles Preview Exhibition

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PRESS: This summer, The Vader Project launches the final chapter of its four-year art odyssey. The iconic collection features 100 Darth Vader Helmets re-imagined by today's most notable artists. Completing its epic world tour, The Vader Project returns to Los Angeles in June for a special ten-day exhibition in Hollywood as a preview to the upcoming Freeman's Auction in Philadelphia.

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PRESS-CONTINUED: The Los Angeles Preview Exhibition is free to the public with an opening reception on June 11 from 6-10pm. The show will also feature a 200-plus page, full-color, limited edition catalog that is being produced for the auction and is available for pre-order now at http://thevaderproject.com/order.php. On June 12, the space will present a catalog signing event with over 20 participating artists in attendance beginning at 2pm on June 12. The Los Angeles Preview Exhibition will be open June 12-20 daily from Noon to 6pm.

The Vader Project Los Angeles Auction Preview [Facebook Events-page]

Opening Night Party
Friday, June 11 6pm - 10pm
With DJs The Crystal Pharaoh and
The Sucklord from BAND of the LOST

Saturday, June 12 2pm
Catalog signing with over 20 participating artists

Open Daily from Noon - 6pm June 12 - 20
6812 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles CA 90036



[10 x images in slideshow above / Previously featured HERE and HERE]

In July, The Vader Project travels to Freeman's Auctioneers and Appraisers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the final opportunity to view the helmets in person before they are sold at auction. "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 Freeman's Auction House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania preceded by a 5-day exhibition there July 5-9.

Collectors and art connoisseurs worldwide will have the opportunity to bid online at Freeman's website, www.freemansauction.com. Most bidding will begin at US$1,500. For more information about how to participate in the auction, please visit "How to Buy at Auction" at www.freemansauction.com/buying.asp.

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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. [Artist listed at end of this post]

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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.

This auction is not sponsored or endorsed by Lucasfilm Ltd., and has no relationship with Lucasfilm. Star Wars and all related intellectual property is © or ® 2010 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved.

The Vader Project Press and Media Inquiries
Angelique Groh | Charm School
angelique@charmschoolcie.com

Freeman's Los Angeles Auction Preview Exhibition
6812 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, California
Open Daily from Noon to 6pm
www.thevaderproject.com

Freeman's Auctioneers & Appraisers
1808 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
www.freemansauction.com
T: 215.563.9275
THE VADER PROJECT features the art of: 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 Dalek Dehara DGPH Cam de Leon Devilrobots Yoko d'Holbachie Bob Dob Tristan Eaton & Azk One - Thunderdog Studios Marc Ecko Eelus Ron English FERG 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 Plasticgod 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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