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Hello Kitty, the global brand that flies, is cuddly, and rakes in cash

Harriet Baskas, Special to CNBC
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Hello Kitty quite the cat's meow

Already flying the friendly skies, Hello Kitty is now touching down at a museum near you.

An exhibition celebrating the iconic character, which adorns everything from key chains and costume jewelry to — most recently — jumbo jets, opens Nov. 14 at Seattle's EMP Museum.

The venue will become a shrine for lovers of the popular Sanrio imprint, with 600 Hello Kitty-themed objects and more than 30 pieces of artwork on display. Some of the assorted bric-a-brac will include housewares, motor oil and appliances.

For a Hollywood touch, the exhibit will also feature the Hello Kitty dress worn by Lady Gaga, and a couture bustier worn by Katy Perry.

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"Hello Kitty started out purely as a product," Dave Marchi, Sanrio's vice president of brand management and marketing told CNBC, "and 40 years later, here we are with a phenomenon."