Now Who’s the Heavyweight, Bluto?

Photo: Sotheby's

Photo: Sotheby’s

Today, let’s call him Popeye the $28.2 Million Man. That was the  sale price against the estimate of about $25 million for Jeff Koons’s stainless steel sculpture, “Popeye.”  Beautifully finished in colorful, jewel-like glazes, the statue was part of a $364.4 million sale of contemporary art at Sotheby’s in New York on May 14.
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Jeff Koons’ Highly Anticipated Popeye Auction at Sotheby’s

This stainless steel “Popeye” statue is expected to draw around $25 million when Sotheby’s auctions it on May 14. It is a six-and-a-half-foot-tall stainless-steel sculpture of Popeye made between 2009 and 2011 by the incomparable artist Jeff Koons.

Photo: Sotheby's

Photo: Sotheby’s

“It’s one of the great sculptures that nobody knows,” said Alex Rotter, co-head of Sotheby’s contemporary art department worldwide.

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