The most expensive sculpture sold at auction belongs to Alberto Giacometti and it’s the “Pointing man”. This life-size bronze sculpture sets record as most expensive sculpture sold at auction. The sculpture was made in 1947 and is widely recognised as one of the most important sculptures of the 20th Century. There are six casts of Pointing Man and this bronze one was painted by hand.
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Frail yet erect, a man gestures with his left arm and points with his right. We have no idea what he points to, or why. Anonymous and alone, he is also almost a skeleton. Giacometti’s sculpture was “always halfway between nothingness and being.”
In the years leading up to World War II, Giacometti abandoned his earlier Surrealism. Dissatisfied with the resource of imagination, he returned to the resource of vision, focusing on the human figure and working from live models. Under his eyes, however, these models seem virtually to have dissolved.
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