L'Homme au doigt

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L'Homme au doigt
English: Man Pointing or Pointing Man
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Artist Alberto Giacometti
Year1947 (1947)
TypeBronze
Dimensions180 cm(70 in)

L'Homme au doigt (Pointing Man or Man Pointing) is a 1947 bronze sculpture by Alberto Giacometti, that became the most expensive sculpture ever when it sold for US$141.3 million on 11 May 2015. [1]

Alberto Giacometti Swiss sculptor and painter (1901-1966)

Alberto Giacometti was a Swiss sculptor, painter, draftsman and printmaker. Beginning in 1922, he lived and worked mainly in Paris but regularly visited his hometown Borgonovo to see his family and work on his art.

Giacometti made six casts of the work plus one artist's proof. Pointing Man is in the collections of New York's Museum of Modern Art London's Tate Gallery, and the Des Moines Art Center. [2] One of the others is also in a museum, and the rest are in foundation collections or owned privately. [3]

Museum of Modern Art Art museum in New York, N.Y.

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Des Moines Art Center art museum in Des Moines, Indiana

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L’homme au doigt sold for $126 million, or $141.3 million with fees, in Christie's 11 May 2015 Looking Forward to the Past sale in New York, a record for a sculpture at auction. The work had been in Sheldon Solow's private collection for 45 years. [4]

Sheldon Henry Solow is an American real estate developer in New York.

Christie's called it a "rare masterpiece", and "Giacometti’s most iconic and evocative sculpture", and estimated that it would sell "in the region of $130 million". [3] Christie's also noted that the cast in their auction is believed to be the only one that Giacometti "painted by hand in order to heighten its expressive impact". [3]

Another Giacometti work, L'Homme qui marche I , had also been the most expensive sculpture ever sold at auction, when it sold for £65 million (US$104.3 million) at Sotheby's, London on 2 February 2010. [5] [6]

L’Homme qui marche I is the name of any one of the cast bronze sculptures that comprise six numbered editions plus four artist proofs created by Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti in 1961. On 3 February 2010, the second edition of the cast of the sculpture became one of the most expensive works of art ever sold at auction, and which is sold for about $104.3 million the most expensive sculpture, until May 2015, when another Giacometti work, L'Homme au doigt, surpassed it.

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