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Cup Database, 1999 to 2005
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By 1999, the illy collection espresso and cappuccino cups were starting to take off as something to "collect". Prices started going up. A thing called "eBay" made it possible for collectors to fill holes in their collections. Others noticed, and the prices for old cups have been rising steadily. It became a seller's market.

The argument about collecting illy cups, and their "collectability" is simple: they are a canvas featuring limited edition, numbered and signed works of art by famous and upcoming artists from around the world. Collectors pay premium prices for limited edition prints signed by artists; cups are no different.

Also, we started to see more and more cups designed for specific artistic events. One that illy is heavily involved in is the Bienniale Venezio, an artist exhibition every year in Italy.

My collection is much larger from this time period as compared to the previous (1991-1998), but I'm still missing some key (and rare) sets. A lot of the sets listed below include "doubles" (I have two or more of the same set) that I bought in order to conduct trades with.

Cups I Own - 1999-2005
1999Bus Stops (cappuccino set)
Artist: Darryl Pottorf
Schwung (6 cups)
Peter Roesch
Zebra (6 cups, 2 sets)
Artist: Roberta Pietrobelli
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2000Textures of Home (6 cups, 2 sets)
Artist: Francis Ford Coppola
Modus Operandi (6 cups, 2 sets)
Artist: Joseph Kosuth
Minimalia (6 cups, 2 sets)
Artist: Mimmo Paladino
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2001Alien Cups (4 cups, 3 sets)
Artist: David Byrne
PS1 (bar set only. 2 sets)
Artist: Multiple artists
Artistas do Brasil (6 cups, 2 sets)
Artist: Multiple artists
Jeff Koons (6 cups, 2 sets)
Artist: Jeff Koons
Miss Illy (single cup, 4 sets)
Artist: Matteo Thun
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2002International Flight (6 cups)
Artist: Norma J
International Flight (2 cappa cups)
Artist: Norma J
Beach Balls (6 cups)
Artist: Marina Abramovic
People & Places with No Name (single cup)
Artist: Michel Comte
Pistoletto (2 cups, S1, S3
Artist: Michelangelo Pistoletto
No Water No Coffee (6 cups, 2 sets)
Artist: Maria Calisto
Senza Titolo (single cup)
Artist: Jannis Kounellis
2003Dreams (6 cups, 2 sets)
Artist: Shizuka Yokomizo
Dreams (6 cappa cups)
Artist: Shizuka Yokomizo
Haim Steinbach (4 cups)
Artist: Haim Steinbach
Haim Steinbach 5th Cup
Artist: Haim Steinbach
In Principo (single cup)
Artist: Sebastiao Salgado
Dreams and Conflicts (single cup)
Artist: Francesco Bonami
Dreams and Conflicts (4 bar cups)
Artist: Francesco Bonami
2004Pen Tests (6 cups)
Artist: Padraig Timoney
Love Difference (single cup)
Artist: Michelangelo Pistoletto
Green and White (4 cups)
Daniel Buren
Coffee Flower Ideas (2 cup mug set, 4 sets)
Artist: James Rosenquist
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These are the cups I'm currently missing. If you have any of these, and want to trade, contact me at mark@coffeekid.com - as noted in the previous table, I have a lot of "doubles" I would be willing to trade.

Cups I Do Not Own - 1999-2005
1999Tazzine Ballerine (6 cups)
Artist: Marco Lodola
Bus Stops (espresso cups)
Artist: Darryl Pottorf
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2000Sugar or Salt? Minimalia - 7th Cup
Artist: Mimmo Paladino
Central St. Martins (6 cups)
Artist: Multiple Artists
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2001Alien Cups Special Set (in UFO Box)
Artist: David Byrne
PS1 (6 cups, collection set)
Artist: Multiple artists
Jeff Koons (Cappuccino set)
Artist: Jeff Koons
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2002International Flight (cappa, IF3 to IF6)
Artist: Norma J
Pistoletto, S3, D1-D3 cups
Artist: Michelangelo Pistoletto
Spirit Cup (single cup)
Artist: Marina Abramovic
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2003Le Jour La Nuit Le Jour (6 cups)
Artist: Louise Bourgeois
Je T'Aime (7th Cup)
Artist: Louise Bourgeois
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2004Blue and White (4 cups)
Artist: Daniel Buren
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Other Parts of the Illy Art Collection Cups Section.
illy Collections for Sale or Trade Cup Database, 1991 to 1998
Over the years I've gotten many emails asking if I would sell one or more of my sets - I'm always hesitant to do so, because I'd rather trade - but here it is - my active "for sale or trade" listings with firm prices and trade suggestions. [ more ] My collection between 1991 and 1998 has been growing as of late. I'm still missing some key sets, and not all that I have are photographed, but take a gander. [ more ]
Cup Photos and Stories, 1991-1999 Cup Photos and Stories, 1999-2005
As my collection of illy collection cups from 1991 to 1999 continues to grow, I'll photograph and document some of them inside this section. [ more ] I don't have photos of all my cups from this period (yet), but I have photographed many of them. I've also included some stories about how I obtained the cups. [ more ]

As mentioned above, if you're interested in trading or selling me cups I'm missing from my collection, contact me at mark@coffeekid.com - as noted in the top table on this page, I have a lot of "doubles" I would be willing to trade.


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