At Christie’s Tuesday night, Balloon Dog (Orange) by Jeff Koons — an American artist known for brightly colored reflective sculptures that resemble balloons — was sold to an anonymous telephone bidder for $58.4 million, surpassing initial $55 million estimates to become “the most expensive work by a living artist sold at auction,” according to the New York Times.
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The stainless steel sculpture with transparent color coating is one of the first balloon dogs, which look like the kind of souvenir clowns make at birthday parties. Other pups have been on display around the world in red, green, and blue — not to mention a shiny pink one made it to Versailles in 2008.
Stephen Colbert probably summed up the meaning of Koons’s balloon animals best in an interview with the artist on The Colbert Report last year. “A lot of them are…
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