Jeff Koons - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Sunday, June 29, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Sonnabend Gallery, New York; Private collection, Europe

  • Exhibited

    London, Faggionato Fine Arts, Object/Sculpture/Object, 9 October-24 November 2000; London, Gimpel Fils, The (Ideal) Home Show, 11 July-8 September 2001; New York, Dickinson Roundell inc., Aftershock, The Legacy of the Readymade in Post-War and Contemporary American Art, 5 May-20 June, no. 37, p. 87 (illustrated)

  • Literature

    A. Muthesius, Jeff Koons, Taschen, Colonge, 1992, no. 14, p. 77 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Similar to Jeff Koons's Luxury and Abtraction exhibtion, the present lot reveals Koons's ability to transform a readymade object into a social critique. At first glance the seemingly ordinary ice bucket holds no tangible significance. With minimal implications the present lot yields an abstraction that forces the viewer to think about the function of an ice bucket and its association with a lavish lifestyle especially the pleasures of drinking alcohol. Following this train of thought Koons's objective comes alive: "I wanted to show how luxury and abstraction are used to debase people and take away their economic and political power." (Jeff Koons taken from


Ice Bucket

Readymade stainless steel.
23.5 x 17.8 x 30.5 cm. (9.3 x 7 x 12 in).
This work if form an edition of three plus an artist's proof.

£200,000 - 300,000 

Contemporary Art Day Sale

30 June 2008, 10am & 2pm