A huge sculpture of the American artist Alexander Calder was sold at an auction in Paris the evening of yesterday with more than 4.9 million euros to a European antiques collector, according to what was announced by the “Artcorial” auctions.
The sculpture dates back to 1963 and was used after six years to decorate the entrance to a holiday town near Cannes in southern France.
The price of the sculpture was originally estimated at between 2.5 and 3.5 million euros.
The carved steel is 3.5 meters high and painted black.
Two sculptures of Calder were placed in France during the same period, one at the headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the other in front of a high school in Grenoble (eastern France).
“It is the first time that a huge sculpture by Calder has been offered for sale at an auction in France,” said Ug Sibiu, director of the contemporary art department at the auction house.
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