A statue that shows a man was walking made of bronze work of sculptor Alberto Giacometti sold for 65 million pounds sterling, or approximately USD 974.7 billion. This is the most expensive sculpture as a work of art ever sold at auction.
Sotheby’s auction house said, it took only eight minutes in the bidding on Wednesday (3 / 2), local time. There are at least ten bidders to achieve a price that makes the hammer. The work entitled “L’Homme Qui Marche I” (Men Walking I), it began its opening price of 12 million pounds sterling.
Sculpture by Swiss artist of the 20th century, is regarded as an icon Giacometti. His work is released to anonymous telephone bidders, the auction house said.
This statue prices beat sale price auction for Pablo Picasso’s painting “Boy With a Pipe (The Young Apprentice)” in 1905, worth U.S. $ 104.17 million in 2004, at New York auction. The painting Vincent van Gogh’s record of 1990, sold for U.S. $ 100 million.
“This was phenomenal … I think the results pretty much reflect the hectic art market,” said Helena Newman, a curator of Impressionist and modern art specialist at Sotheby’s, told the BBC.
Price statue rises rapidly with interest from bidders who are calling from Europe, Asia and America, says Newman.
Size statue of “L’Homme Qui Marche I,” was thin with a standing human figure as high as 183 cm high, “Giacometti was the culmination of the experiments with the human form” and “a simple picture of a human being and a powerful symbol of humanity,” said Sotheby’s.
This work was created in 1961, in the artist’s already growing up. This is a rare work because being the only statue of a human figure during the lifetime of Giacometti ever auctioned, Sotheby’s said.