This has got to be one of my favorite auctions right now. Seller rengoz has just listed a very rare Kingdom Hearts Poster signed by Tetsuya Nomura! This piece is beautiful, and the black frame compliments the poster nicely. Whats rare about this signing is that Tetsuya Nomura never signs many items related to Kingdom Hearts. It’s quite rare to find anything that’s signed by him.
For those who don’t know Mr.Nomura, he was was the director, concept artist and character designer for Kingdom Hearts back when Squaresoft was still a company. But perhaps the most interesting point to add is that Nomura was hired by Square to replace Yoshitaka Amano as the character designer for Final Fantasy VII. Amano still did art for FFVII, but most of that art is recognized in Japan unlike here in North America(unless you’re a hardcore FFVII fan).
The seller says that they won this framed poster back in 2002, and that on the poster Nomura wrote, “You’re the one who holds the key!”. So cool! The best part about this piece is that it comes with a Certificate of Authenticity which was offered on behalf of the Walt Disney Company. The seller was also the first owner of this item as the original invoice for this picture has his name on it. It’s nice to know this because the picture has not traveled around which increases the risk for damage. Again, a plus for most collectors.
This is what’s written on Disney COA:
“Kingdom Hearts Art Print Signed by Mr.Nomura
Based on an original illustration, this matted and framed full-color art print features Disney’s newest characters – Sora, Riku and Kairi – who make their debut in Kingdom Hearts, the first joint videogame project between SQUARESOFT and Disney Interactive, created for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system. Court Wizard Donald and Captain Goofy, protectors of the Disney Castle, are also featured in this striking art piece, autographed by the artist and developer of these new characters, Tetsuya Nomura, whose inscription reads, “You’re the one who holds the key!”
This is a signed poster I would love to own, but the price is way passed my budget. If you are interested in this auction the seller does have a best-offer so give it a shot!