[meteorite-list] Pope-Hit-By-Meteorite Sculpture Auctioned for $886,000
From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:46:25 2004
Pope-hit-by-meteorite sculpture auctioned for £620,000
May 18, 2001
A sculpture of The Pope crumpled under a black meteorite has been auctioned
at Christies in New York for £620,000.
The Ninth Hour, by Italian sculptor Maurizio Cattelan, caused a stir in
Poland last December when two outraged MPs removed the meteorite from it.
The room-sized sculpture features a life-size wax figure of Pope John Paul
II felled by a meteorite and holding his processional cross.
He is surrounded by shattered glass, supposedly caused by the meteorite
crashing through a skylight.
The winning bid of $886,000 (about £620,000) far exceeded the pre-sale
estimate of $400,000 to $600,000 (about £280,000 to £419,000) at the
Received on Fri 18 May 2001 12:35:43 PM PDT