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Rabbit from Jeff Kouons sold $ 91.1 million, a live artist

NEW YORK, May 16, 2019 (AFP) – Sculpture by American artist Jeff Kunes was sold on Wednesday for $ 91.1 million at auction by Christie's in New York, a record for a living artist.

Rabbit casting steel on an inflatable rabbit blew out the painting "Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)" by British artist David Hockney, who has reached 90.3 million. in mid-November, at Christie's in New York.

Christie's Star Sculpture Spring Sale was sold for $ 80 million, the same price as Hockney's platno, but broke the record by adding commissions and fees, with a final price of $ 91,075 million. dollar.

Unusual for this prize, this rabbit, which is part of a series of three by Jeff Kuns in 1986, was awarded to a man in the hall.

The 64-year-old visual artist regained the record he held before being removed briefly by David Hockney.

His "Balloon Dog" (Orange), sold for $ 58.4 million in 2013, has held five years.

"The Rabbit" is one of the artist's most famous works, shaking the conventions of the arts world.

At the top of 104 cm, it comes from the collection of S.I. Newhouse, former head of the Condé Nast press group (who died in 2017), including Vanity Fair, Vogue and The New Yorker.

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