[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
Message-ID: <200105181635.JAA18463_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>


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

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