While world media was abuzz with the world-record breaking sale of Picasso’s “Les femmes d’Alger” for $US179 million at Christie’s, another anonymous buyer took home the most expensive statue ever auctioned.
That anonymous buyer turned out to be hedge fund billionaire Steven Cohen, Page Six reports.
Cohen secretly bought Alberto Giacometti’s 1947 masterpiece “Man Pointing” for $US141.3 million at Christie’s — adding to an impressive collection of artwork with an estimated worth of $US1 billion.
The collection houses works by Monet, Edvard Munch, Jasper Johns, Jeff Moons, Willem de Kooning, Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst, among others, according to Vanity Fair.
For Cohen however, the life-sized sculpture is not the most expensive piece he’s bought. In 2013, Cohen spent $US155 million on Picasso painting, “Le Reve,” buying it from casino giant Steve Wynn.
The avid art collector even waited six years as Wynn repaired the painting after putting his elbow through the canvas, and even as the price increased $US139 million in 2006 to $US155 in 2013 — likely due to restoration.
Cohen, who runs Point72 Asset Management, previously purchased another one of Giacometti’s sculptures, named “The Chariot,” for $US101 million at Sotheby’s.
“Man Pointing” is one of 6 casts made by the artist. Four are housed in museums, while others are in private and foundation collections.
Despite these big purchases, The investor worth $US11.3 billion still had to show his ticket to enter Christie’s.