The Latest: Hitler sculpture brings $17.2 million at auction

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Posted: May 08, 2016 7:47 PM
The Latest: Hitler sculpture brings $17.2 million at auction

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Christie's curated sale kicking off art auction week (all times local):

7 p.m.

A sculpture of a kneeling Hitler by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan has sold for a record $17.2 million at a sale kicking off the weeklong New York auctions of modern, post-war and contemporary art at Christie's and Sotheby's.

Also selling at Christie's "Bound to Fail" themed auction Sunday night was Jeff Koons' "One Ball Total Equilibrium Tank." The ball suspended in a water tank has sold for $15.3 million, just over its $12 million estimate.

Both works came up for auction for the first time. There are 39 works in Christie's sale.

Cattelan's controversial sculpture "Him" appears as a small child kneeling in prayer when approached from the rear. But from the front, the unmistakable likeness of Hitler comes into view.

The previous auction record for a work by Cattelan was $7.9 million.

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The highly anticipated art auction season arrives Sunday with a specially-curated sale that includes a sculpture of a kneeling Hitler by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan and a ball suspended in a water tank by Jeff Koons.

Both works are coming to auction for the first time.

Christie's "Bound to Fail" themed sale kicks off the weeklong New York auctions of modern, post-war and contemporary art at Christie's and Sotheby's.

There are 39 works in Christie's sale.

Cattelan's controversial sculpture "Him" appears as a small child kneeling in prayer when approached from the rear. But from the front, the unmistakable likeness of Hitler comes into view. It's estimated to bring $10 million to $15 million.

"One Ball Total Equilibrium Tank" by Koons could sell for over $12 million.