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Rodin's "The Thinker" casting wins $ 11.1 million at auction in Paris

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Auguste Casting Rodin Museum World The Thinker sculpture, one of the most iconic works ofartin France, was sold for € 10.7 million ($ 11.14 million) at an auction in Paris on Thursday.

Auction house Christie's estimated that one of about 40 genuine outstandings, the foundry, would be sold between9 and € 14 million. Rodin The "Sinker" record was set when it sold for $ 15.3 million at the Sotheby's auction in New York in 2013.

A woman takes a picture of the artwork ahead of Thursday's auction in Paris.

A woman will take a picture of her artwork prior to the auction in Paris on Thursday. Credits:Sarah Meyssonnier / Reuters

When invented by Rodin in 1880, the original size was It was about 70 centimeters. (28 inches) The "Thinker" is called the "Poet" and was designed to be the finest element of another major work by a French sculptor, The Gates of Hell. I did.

This sculpture initially represents Dante, a medieval Italian poet and author of the Divine Comedy, leaning forward to observe the circle of hell while meditating on his work. I did.

While remaining in the monumental Gates of Hell, The Thinker was individually exhibited in 1888 and became an independent work.

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The statue was first magnified in 1904 and is a monumental human-sized statue as exhibited in Paris Rodin The museum is even more popular and has the image of a man who has lost his thoughts, but his powerful body suggests a great ability to act.

The copy sold by Christie's this Thursday was the size of the original model.

Caption of the image above: Before the cast of "The Thinker" by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin was auctioned at the Christie's Auction House in Paris, France, on June 27, 2022. It is exhibited at.