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

Harriet Baskas, Special to CNBC
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."