The Dearest Living Artist
Jeff Koons has proven that even a living artist can offer his works for an incredible price of $ 91,075,000 to Koons 'rabbit' at a record price, making this unique statue the most expensive work of a living artist ever auctioned.
The lucky winner of a three-legged tall stainless steel statue was Robert Mnuchin, an art dealer in New York and the father of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. The rabbit was only one prize among the six works of S.I. Newhouse Jr. the late magazine publishing house auctioned to Christie's. SI Newhouse Jr. died on October 1, 2017, at the age of 89 years. His "Rabbit", one of three nearly identical statues occupied by Koons in 1986, was last held in private hands, while others can be found in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the National Museum of Qatar and the Broad Art Foundation in Los Angeles. six pieces from Newhouse's collection that raised $ 115 million.
Jeff Koons claims the title as the world's most expensive living artist, lost to David Hockney, whose 1972 "Pool with Two Figures" painting sold for an incredible $ 90.3 million. Balloon Dog (Orange) ", which in 2013 sold for $ 58.4 million.
Koons is known mainly for its long life balloon art. These monumental sculptures are among the most famous pieces of contemporary culture. Koons describes his work as a symbol of life. "When these inflatable boats are placed on the stage, they continue to radiate the optimism of the inflated self," he said earlier. When you take a deep breath, it is a symbol of life and optimism, and when the last breath last, the last Exhalation is a symbol of death. If you see an inflatable blow, it's a death symbol. This is the opposite. "