Renowned architect Frank Gehry's 'fish out of water' sculpture could sell for at least $100,000

Lot 106 1 Untitled Frank Gehry Oct 9 2016 Auction Los Angeles Modern Auctions LAMALos Angeles Modern Auctions‘Untitled’ by Frank Gehry, 1987-1988.

World-renowned architect Frank Gehry’s sculpture will likely sell for as much as a sports car: an estimated $100,000 to $150,000

On October 9 at noon, the untitled piece — and a literal fish out of water — will go on bid at the Los Angeles Modern Auctions. Measuring a foot high, the coveted work features a lead fish suspended above a sheet of glass (intended to mimic water) and a 44-inch-long, enameled bathtub. The auction house tells Business Insider that it will likely sell for at least $100,000.

Though this isn’t Gehry’s first sculpture, he is most known for architecture, which is usually characterised as postmodern and experimental. Over the span of his six-decade career, he has won over 20 awards for his buildings around the world, including the Pritzker Prize (often called the Nobel Prize of architecture). His most acclaimed buildings include the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA, and the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris.

Lot 106 2 Untitled Frank Gehry Oct 9 2016 Auction Los Angeles Modern Auctions LAMA (1)Los Angeles Modern Auctions‘Untitled’ by Frank Gehry, 1987-1988.

In many of his designs, like the sculpture on bid, Gehry uses the fish as a motif. The aquatic animal appears again and again in his work, including the “Fish Sculpture” at La Vila Olímpica del Poblenou in Barcelona, “Standing Glass Fish” for the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and a collection of fish necklaces for Tiffany and Co.

The Toronto-based advertising agency Chiat/Day commissioned Gehry to make “Untitled” from 1987 to 1988, and it has resided in its offices since then. Soon, the sculpture will jump to a new home.

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