New York (AFP) – A sculpture by American artist Jeff Koons was sold on Wednesday for $ 91.1 million at an auction organized by Christie & # 39; s in New York, a record price for a living artist.
"Rabbit", a stainless steel mold of an inflatable rabbit, surpassed the previous record set by "Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)" by British painter David Hockney, which was sold last November at Christie & # 39; s for $ 90.3 million.
It was a return to the top for Koons, whose "Balloon Dog (Orange)" for five years held the record for the highest price reached in an auction for a living artist after its sale in 2013 for $ 58.4 million.
The sale price of "Rabbit" was only $ 80 million, but once commissions and fees were added, the final total amounted to $ 91,075 million.
In an unusual twist for an art auction in this price range, the "Rabbit" buyer was in the room during the sale.
Produced by Koons in 1986, "Rabbit" is one of the best known works of the artist, who became famous for defying the conventions of the art world.
At 41 inches (1.04 meters) in height, the figure was auctioned off from the collection of the deceased publication mogul S.I. Newhouse
Before his death in 2017, his empire included Conde Nast, who published magazines such as Vogue, The New Yorker and Vanity Fair.