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Taschen is an art book publisher founded in 1980 by Benedikt Taschen in Cologne, Germany.

The company began as Taschen Comics, publishing Benedikt’s extensive comic collection.

 Taschen has helped bring this art into broader public view, by publishing potentially controversial volumes alongside its more mainstream books of comics reprints, art photography, painting, design, fashion, advertising history, film, and architecture.

The company’s stated mission has been to publish innovative, beautifully designed art books at popular prices.

In 1985, Taschen introduced the highly successful Basic Art series with an inaugural title on Salvador Dalí. The series today comprises more than 60 titles and is available in up to 30 languages. 

In 1999, TASCHEN expanded to the luxury market with the international publishing sensation, the Helmut Newton SUMO. Signed and limited to 10,000 copies, this folio-sized publication quickly sold out and later became the most expensive book published in the 20th century, with SUMO copy number 1 selling at auction for $304,000.

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