Jeff Koons’ ‘Balloon Dog’ sculpture shattered at Miami art fair – NPR
At an arts festival in Miami on Thursday, an art collector accidentally smashed a $42,000 porcelain Jeff Koons “Balloon Dog” sculpture.
“I was clearly shocked and a little saddened,” Cedric Boero, who was managing the booth that displayed the sculpture, told NPR. I didn’t know.”
A broken sculpture was exhibited at the booth. Bel Air Fine Art, at an exclusive preview event of Art Wynwood, a contemporary art fair, where Boelo is District Manager. This is one of his balloon dog sculptures by Koons, whose balloon animal sculptures are instantly recognizable around the world. Four years ago, Koons set a record for her highest-paid job. sold at auction by a living artist: Rabbit sculpture sold for $91.1 million. In 2013, another balloon dog sculpture by Koons It sold for $58.4 million.
According to Boero, the shattered sculpture was worth $24,000 a year ago. However, other versions of the balloon dog sculpture have sold out, so its price has gone up.
Boero said an art collector accidentally knocked over the sculpture, causing it to fall to the floor. The sound of shattered sculptures immediately stopped all conversation in the hall, causing everyone to turn around.
“Shattered to pieces,” event-attending artist Steven Gamson posted on Instagram, along with the video that followed. “One of the craziest things I’ve ever seen.”
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Gamson said in the post that he tried unsuccessfully to buy the rest of the sculpture.he later said to miami herald That the story added value to the shattered sculpture.
Fortunately, expensive engravings are covered by insurance.
“It’s broken, so we’re not happy about it,” Boelo said. That’s got you covered.”
https://www.npr.org/2023/02/19/1158231742/jeff-koons-balloon-dog-sculpture-knocked-over-shattered Jeff Koons’ ‘Balloon Dog’ sculpture shattered at Miami art fair – NPR