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  • JEFF KOONS’ CRACKED EGG (MAGENTA) AT CHRISTIE’S IN LONDON

    Jeff Koons (b.1955) Cracked Egg (Magenta) executed 1994-2006. (£10-15 million).

    Jeff Koons (b.1955) Cracked Egg (Magenta) executed 1994-2006. (£10-15 million). Christie’s Images Ltd., 2014.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £14,082,500

    Cracked Egg (Magenta), the most significant work by Jeff Koons to be offered in London since 2008, is at Christie’s Post War and Contemporary Art evening sale on February 13.  A central work from the celebration series of the world’s most expensive living artist at auction, it is estimated at £10-15 million.  Last November his Balloon Dog (Orange) sold for $58.4 million in New York, a world auction record for a living artist.  The Celebration series was originally conceived by Koons to mark important moments in the calendar year.

    Frances Outred, Christie’s head of Post War and Contemporary Art, Europe, said that this is one of the only works in this series to have a double faced reflective surface.  He described it an “an extraordinary engineering feat” which took twelve years to create. “It reflects the viewer and their surroundings and encourages us to delve deep inside and all around it”.  It stands almost two metres tall.
    Jeff Koons said: “Cracked Egg is a symbol of birth. It’s already happened so it’s about moving on and transcendence, like Botticelli’s Birth of Venus. It

    was technically very difficult to create due to both the concave and convex surfaces.”

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