if you love this cartoon character, then you’ll love to hear that a statue of him is considered the most expensive Popeye statue in the world.
the highest priced Popeye statue in the world was made by the same man who created the ‘Balloon Dog’, an artwork worth $58.4 million which broke the world’s record for the highest price ever paid for an artwork by a living artist.
Jeff Koons is an American artist known for his reproductions of banal object such as balloon animals produced in stainless steel with mirror-finish surfaces.
he has been one of the top-selling American artists for years. of the 1.378 times his work has appeared at auction, 29 of those are among the Top 100 sales.
Sculptures, as well as paintings from the ‘Popeye’ series, which Jeff Koons began in 2002, feature the cartoon figures of Popeye & Olive Oyl.
one such item is the most valuable Popeye statue in the world.
the 2000-pound Popeye statue was bought by the billionaire art collector, Steve Wynn.
the world’s most valuable Popeye statue retails for $28 million!
the co-head of contemporary art at Sotheby’s, Alexander Rotter, declared on an interview : ‘Popeye represents the beginning & the end of pop art.‘
as you can see in the images, the costliest Popeye statue portrays the sailor man, holding his can of spinach.
although the artwork carries Jeff Koons’ signature, to the creation of the statue contributed 3 people: Jeff Koons, who made 3 versions of the statue, the hedge founder Steve Cohen, who owns 1 version & Larry Gagosian, who also owns 1 version.
before the American artist created the Popeye statue, he also designed an oil painting in 2008 called ‘Triple Popeye’.
this concludes our cover on the most expensive Popeye statue in the world!