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HIM and Hitler

Likeness of Hitler sells for £11.9 million in New York

 

Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan is known for his satirical sculptures and yesterday one, a waxwork of a schoolboy with Hitler’s head praying, sold for a world record sum of £11,887,275 ($17,189,000 or €15,037,403).

 

HIM by Maurizio Cattelan achieved a world record sum at auction in New York on Sunday 8th May 2016
‘HIM’ by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan achieved a world record sum at auction in New York on Sunday 8th May 2016
HIM by Maurizio Cattelan achieved a world record sum at auction in New York on Sunday 8th May 2016
The thought provoking work was displayed in the former Warsaw Ghetto in 2013

 

Auctioned by Christie’s in New York as part of their Bound to Fail sale, this provocative piece – titled HIM – has previously been displayed at the end of a long hallway or at the opposite end of a white room, turned away from the viewer so that they wouldn’t be able to recognize the individual until they advanced close enough. It was executed in 2001 and most controversially displayed in a courtyard in the former Warsaw Ghetto in 2013.

 

Loic Gouzer, Deputy Chairman, Post-War and Contemporary Art at Christie’s, remarked:

 

“With Bound to Fail, we sought to push the envelope with an auction that emphasized artists and works that challenge the traditional notions of commercial success. The auction’s strong outcome was the result of enthusiastic bidding from a diverse group of collectors from all over the world. We were encouraged by the passionate response to works that have traditionally been overlooked or construed as challenging. Maurizio Cattelan’s, HIM, set a world auction record for the artist when it sold after over five minutes of bidding. The depth of interest for this work speaks to its international notoriety, and its ability to breach the boundaries of fine art and popular culture, forcing the viewer to reconsider challenging questions about action and absolution”.

 

 

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7 comments on “HIM and Hitler”

  1. I am lost for words and that’s rare. Who is the lunatic who paid this sum and who was the lunactic underbidder who forced the price so high?

  2. What a sick world we live in when individuals can prosper from other people’s misery.
    To actually think that this piece of crap was displayed in a courtyard in the former Warsaw Ghetto in 2013, Is nothing short of bloody outrageous, This was the largest Jewish Ghetto in the whole of Europe, Established by the Nazis, how could the Polish government even allow this?
    The muppet that purchased this rubbish, should have a long think, and take a long hard look at them self. He, She will obviously want to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals.

  3. It amazes me that anyone relates to, or cares enough about Hitler after all these years to pay anything at all for the sick piece of crap.

  4. ‘Dodge down unda’ says all there is to say…………..Hear hear. Personally, I think it FAR from a joke and I do not give a flying copulation for Joplin or Hirst’s (Mostly) utter garbage or opinions……….!
    Extraordinary that this vile, silly piece of crap would be worth £11, never mind £11+ million !!!,

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