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Metal ‘rabbit’ sold for US$91mil

A 1986 “Rabbit” sculpture by American pop artist Jeff Koons sold for US$91.1 million in New York on Wednesday, a record price for a work by a living artist, Christie’s auction house said.

The shiny, faceless oversized rabbit, clutching a carrot, is the second in an edition of three made by Koons in 1986.

The playful, stainless steel, 41 in (104 cm) high rabbit, regarded as one of the most celebrated works of 20th-century art, was sold for more than $20 million over its pre-sale estimate. The sale made Koons the highest-priced living artist, overtaking the $90.3 million record set last November by British painter David Hockney’s 1972 work “Portrait of an Artist (Pool With Two Figures.)”

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