Jeff Koons

1955

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Status, estimate and price by artist Jeff Koons

Price of a sculpture: 280-16,900,000 €.

Estimate of a drawing: 210-25,000 €

Estimation of a lamp: 20-30,700 €

Estimation of a painting: 6,700-6,600,000 €.

Estimation of a photograph: 120-15,300 €.

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The beginnings of Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons is a contemporary sculptor and visual artist born in York, Pennsylvania on January 21, 1955. He met Salvador Dali as a student.

He moved to New York in 1976 and worked at the subscription desk of MoMA. As a DIY enthusiast, he tried his hand at a few experimental productions and created his first work, The New. The New York art world soon took an interest in him.

In 1985, during an exhibition he organised in a short-lived gallery, he presented his Equilibrium series: basketballs enclosed in aquariums filled with water and as if suspended in the air. Koons became very successful, and settled in a workshop in Chelsea enlisting assistants to help him to create his works.

Jeff Koons: an artist well-versed in kitsch and simplicity

Jeff Koons’ approach consists of taking everyday objects and staging them in Plexiglas boxes, for example. He questions the glorification of such consumer products.

His creations are very much appreciated by the “nouveau riche”. They feature rudimentary objects, but in noble materials such as marble and porcelain. This is how he manages to mix the simple and the complex.

Koons likes to vary his techniques and uses photography, painting and installations. He claims to strive for “an art for all”, so that everyone can find a link with the subjects of his creations.

Despite the apparent simplicity and ease of his works, they can take a long time to create. The same is true of his Balloon Dogs – it can take up to 3 years to produce a single balloon.

In 2008-2009 the Château de Versailles invited Koon as the contemporary artist to exhibit some of his works and in 2014-2015 he organised his retrospective at the Centre Pompidou.

Following the Parisian attacks of 2015, the artist wanted to offer the city his polychrome bronze Bouquet of Tulips. It cost approximately 3.5 million euros to make, and was met with opposition. But in early October 2018, the State announced that the work would be installed in the gardens of the Petit Palais. It was originally planned to be set up at the Place de Tokyo.

Jeff Koons’ status

In 2008, his work Balloon Flower was sold for over €16 million by Christie’s London.

In 2014, ArtReview Magazine moved him from 56th to 7th place in the ranking of the “100 most influential personalities in the world of contemporary art”.

Recognising Jeff Koons’s signature

Like many artists, Koons did not sign all of his works. However, you will find below an example of the signatures to give you an idea. Variations of these signatures do exist, do not hesitate to contact one of our experts to formally authenticate a signature.

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Appraising and selling a piece by Jeff Koons

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