Support First Things by turning your adblocker off or by making a  donation. Thanks!

When Sotheby’s put Swiss sculpter Alberto Giacometti’s “Walking Man I” up for auction, it was expected to bring between $19.2 million and $28.8 million. Instead, the piece was sold to an unidentified buyer for a record-setting total of $104.3 million.

The sale broke the previous record price for a work of art at auction, Picasso’s 1905 ’’Boy With a Pipe (The Young Apprentice).” In 2004, that work was sold at Sotheby’s for $104.1 million.

According to the Wall Street Journal :

Giacometti, a Swiss modern master known for his haunting sculptures of blank-face Everymen, cast the work 50 years ago as part of a commission to plant several of his bronze figures outside Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City’s financial district. The artist famously struggled with the project and eventually abandoned the commission. But he later cast stand-alone versions of some of the planned sculptures, including “Walking Man I.”

Comments are visible to subscribers only. Log in or subscribe to join the conversation.



Filter First Thoughts Posts

Related Articles