Did you know? Jeff Koons started making and selling art at the age of eight. His childhood hero was Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali. Today, Jeff is recognized as one of the highest paid living artists of all time! He is known for working with pop culture subjects as well as objects such as balloon animals which are produced in stainless steel with mirror-finish surfaces. In May of this year, the 64 year-old American contemporary pop artist’s work, Rabbit, commanded the highest price ever paid for a piece by a living artist. Rabbit, a shiny stainless steel sculpture inspired by a child’s inflatable toy, fetched a whopping $91 million at auction! He currently operates a 16,000 square foot factory near the Hudson rail yards in Chelsea, a borough of Manhattan in New York City. Jeff regularly works with 90 to 120 assistants in the production of his highly sought after, quirky, eye-popping masterpieces. His works include outlandish pieces such as Violet Ice (Kama Sutra), Banality, Puppy, Tulips, Pink Panther, Play-Doh, Michael Jackson and Bubbles and Balloon Dog. The artist is often referred to by critics as the “King of Kitsch”, but is surely laughing at his naysayers all the way to the bank. His current estimated net worth is in excess of $200 million!
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