Jeff Koons’ iconic Pink Panther sculpture has fetched $16.8 million at the Sotheby’s Spring Sale of Contemporary Art. The 1988 porcelain sculpture of a blonde woman hugging a pink panther toy it was earlier expected to sell for between $20 million and $30 million.
There were three editions made of the work, the one at Tuesday’s auction is the artist’s proof. One was sold at Christie’s in 1999 for $1.8 million, reportedly to the newsprint magnate Peter Brant. The others are in the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.
Jeff Koons’ Iconic Pink Panther SculptureJeff Koons’ iconic sculpture of a Pink Panther hugging a bare-breasted blonde is estimated to bring $20 million to $30 million at Sotheby’sSpring Sale of Contemporary Art auction on May 10. The porcelain sculpture is the artist’s proof from an edition of three with the other examples in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and a prominent private American collection, and belongs to the artist’s iconic Banality series that includes Michael Jackson and Bubbles, Bear and Policeman and Ushering in Banality.
Pink Panther is one of the most outstanding achievements of Jeff Koons’s illustrious career. It is immediately identifiable as a masterpiece not only of the artist’s historic canon, but also of the epoch of recent contemporary art, said Tobias Meyer, Sotheby’s worldwide head of contemporary art about the vibrant pink-and-yellow work.
Rodarte Black Swan CostumeBlack Swan, the critically acclaimed thriller starring Academy-Award winner for Best Actress Natalie Portman as a deranged ballerina, causes the fame and the different reaction for several months. Among other things, it is also due to the news that fashion-industry favorites Kate and Laura Mulleavy of the label Rodarte had designed some of the ballet outfits, which were a huge hit.
Six tutus designed by the sisters for Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis to wear in the movie will be on display from next month at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Each of the six tutus featured looks like a delicate sculpture, all layered tulle underneath and a celebration of textures – feathers, beads, embroidered vinyl, silk netting and Swarovski crystals, on top. To preserve the form of the designs, each sits on a poured resin mannequin of sorts that becomes nearly invisible inside the dress. The spinning tutus and changing lights in the museum bring life and movement to the display.