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.
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."
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.