Jeff Koons' Rabbit sculpture breaks record for living artist

Rabbit by Jeff Koons on display ahead of its sale at Christie's Post-War and Contemporary ArtSymbol copyright

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Jeff Koons’ Rabbit used to be offered as a part of Christie’s Publish-Struggle and Recent Artwork public sale in New York

A sculpture by way of US pop artist Jeff Koons has offered for $91.1m (£71m), breaking the report worth for a piece by way of a dwelling artist.

Christie’s in New York offered Rabbit – a 41in (104cm) metal forged of an inflatable created in 1986 – for greater than $20m over its estimated worth.

It beats the former report set by way of British artist David Hockney in November.

The consumer used to be within the target audience for the public sale, however has now not been named.

On its website online Christie’s described Rabbit as “lovely, sinister, cartoonish, enforcing, vacuous, horny, chilling, dazzling and iconic”.

It’s one in every of Koons’ maximum well known items. The USA artist’s sculptures have provoked controversy for many years after he emerged as a number one determine in New York’s artwork scene within the 1980s.

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Koons up to now held the report worth for a dwelling artist’s paintings for his piece Balloon Canine (Orange).

However he used to be overtaken ultimate yr by way of Hockney’s Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), which offered for simply over $90m (£70m) on the similar public sale area.

The sale is available in the similar week a Claude Monet Haystacks portray offered in New York for $110.7m – a report for the French artist.

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