Even in Death, Hitler Commands Millions as an artwork in his image sold for $17 Million

by Uche Onegeria 10 May , 2016  

The artist, Maurizio Cattelan
Image from the zimbio.com
Source: Christie’s
This artwork of Adolph Hitler called, “Him” Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan was purchased on Sunday by an anonymous buyer for more than $17 million.  Maurizio Cattelan has been described as “a jokester, a clown, a comedian” of the art world. The sculpture, “Him” is made of  “wax, human hair, suit, polyester resin and pigment” and was initially predicted to fetch only $10 million to $15 million at a Christie’s auction in New York City but generated a whooping $17,189,000!
The previous record-setting price for a Cattelan work at auction was $7.9 million.

Source: Mary Altaffer / AP
"Him" — which is made with "wax, human hair, suit, polyester resin and pigment" — was supposed to fetch only $10 million to $15 million at a Christie's auction in New York City. Instead it got $17,189,000!
Source: Mary Altaffer / AP
The piece stirred up controversy in 2012 when it was placed at the Warsaw Ghetto in Poland. “I wanted to destroy it myself,” Cattelan reportedly once said about the artwork.
Source: Czarek Sokolowski / AP
Source: Buzzfeed and nytimes

Do you consider yourself an art lover?
If you had this kind of money, will you invest in an artwork for this insane amount?
Hmm…

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Uche Onegeria

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