Gavels ’n’ Paddles: Koons Popeye sculpture, $28.2 million, Sotheby’s
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A sculpture of the cartoon character Popeye by the late sculptor Jeff Koons sold for $28.165 million at a Contemporary Art Evening Sale held May 14 by Sotheby’s in New York City. The sculpture, the first of Popeye by Koons ever to appear at auction, was purchased by Steve Wynn, who said he will install it at one of his casinos in Las Vegas. Also, Andy Warhol’s Six Self-Portraits soared to $30.125 million; and an untitled work by Martin Kippinberger went to a determined bidder for $5.54 million. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.