20th century replica of original chrome rabbit by Jeff Koons. In 1979 Jeff Koons made Inflatable Flower and Bunny (Tall White, Pink Bunny), the seed for so much of his future work. This sculpture, also in The Broad’s collection, features two vinyl inflatable toys — a flower and a pink bunny — that sit on top and in front of four square mirrors. Seven years later, Koons ditched the flower, combined the mirror and the bunny, and created Rabbit. The switch from the word “bunny” to “rabbit” is intriguing. Bunny is cute and floppy; rabbit is quick and sharp. The carrot in the rabbit’s paw is wielded like a weapon, and the once soft, leaky, and cheap vinyl shell of the bunny has been replaced by armorlike, costly stainless steel, which reflects everything surrounding Rabbit and deflects any allusions to the sculpture’s interior In May 2019, the sculpture was auctioned for $91.1 million, breaking the auction record for an artwork by a living artist.[1] The work, which was sold by the estate of the late magazine publisher S. I. Newhouse, was one in an edition of three (plus an artist's proof) and the last still held in private hands.[2] It was later revealed that the art dealer Robert Mnuchin purchased the work for the billionaire hedge fund manager Steven A. Cohen.[3] In the initial sale of the work, Koons's art dealer Ileana Sonnabend kept one edition and sold the other two for $40,000 each; to the advertising magnate Charles Saatchi, and the painter Terry Winters.In 1991, Charles Saatchi sold the piece to American collector Stefan Edlis for $945,000. Around the same period, Larry Gagosian brokered the deal between Winters and Newhouse, for $1 million. In 2011, at Abu Dhabi Art, Gagosian remembered it as his favorite art deal and "the one transaction that stands out the most." Gagosian regretted not being able buy the piece himself, stating it was "a startling price at the time, a million dollars."

 

Dimensions

Height: 39.38 in. (100 cm)

Width: 21.66 in. (55 cm)

Depth: 13.39 in. (34 cm)

20th Century Replica of Original Chrome Rabbit by Jeff Koons

£12,000.00Price

 

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