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Jeff Koons & # 39; $ 91M & # 39; Rabbit's sculpture sets new auction record



Written by Oscar Holland, CNN

A playful rabbit sculpture by Jeff Koons is the most expensive work of art by a living artist ever to be auctioned.

The American artist "Rabbit," a stainless steel steel figure just over 2 meters tall, sold for over $ 91 million on Wednesday night at Christie's in New York, staggering auction estimates.

The new record is only six months after David Hockney's "Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures))" set a new standard for a living artist when he was sold for $ 90.3 million last November ̵
1; also at Christie's in New York, the work of the British painter had even overtaken Koons' "Balloon Dog (Orange)" sculpture, the former record holder, which cost $ 58.4 million in 2013.
  Jeff Koons with his record sculpture in 2009.

Jeff Koons with his record sculpture in 2009. Credit: BEN STANSALL / AFP / AFP / Getty Images

Christie's first estimated that Koons "Faceless" rabbit "would cost between $ 50 and $ 70 million, but the surcharge was $ 80 million, resulting in a final sale price of $ 91,075,000, according to auctioneer fees.

Before the V Purchased on Wednesday, Christie's described the sculpture as "one of the most iconic works of 20th-century art".

"It looks fresh and cool, but appeals to the visual language of childhood," reads a preview on the auction house's website. "The lack of facial features makes it inscrutable, but its shape is reminiscent of fun and frivolity."

  American artist Rabbit sold for more than $ 91 million.

The American artist "Rabbit" was sold for more than 91 million US dollars. Photo credits: Courtesy of Christie & # 39; s

Koons' sculpture of 1986 comes from an edition of three plus one artist's copy. Another copy is kept in the Broad Foundation in Los Angeles, while the third copy, according to Christie's was promised by its owners the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

The edition shown in the Wednesday Auction comes from the collection of recent media mogul SI Newhouse. It has not been on public display for more than 30 years.

The sale continues a record art week in New York. A painting from Claude Monet's "Haystacks" series became the most expensive Impressionist artwork ever sold at auction for $ 110.7 million on Sotheby's Tuesday.

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