Frankfurt: Expensive Jeff Koons sculpture stolen from the gallery


A sculpture by the US artist Jeff Koons is stolen from a gallery in Frankfurt. The police is asking for hints from the witnesses.

Frankfurt – A work of art that looks like a balloon dog has disappeared: The porcelain sculpture Balloon Dog (orange) from 2015 by the American artist Jeff Koons was stolen on November 6th from a Frankfurt gallery in Kaiserstraße. The police will report this on Wednesday (November 25th, 2020).

Expensive sculpture by Jeff Koons stolen in Frankfurt

The porcelain sculpture, which depicts a poodle as a balloon animal in the color orange, has a value of 11,000 euros and was stolen unnoticed by the perpetrators from a glass showcase of the gallery in Frankfurt during business hours.

The police are now using photos of the plant to find the perpetrators, who fled in an unknown direction in Frankfurt after their theft on November 6, 2020. The police are asking for witness references under the Phone number 069-7550. The porcelain sculpture is the same model as on the symbol picture.

The back of the stolen sculpture “Balloon Dog” (orange)

© Hessian State Criminal Police Office

Frankfurt: Sculpture by the artist Jeff Koons stolen – he also worked for Lady Gaga

The porcelain dog exhibited in Frankfurt is a replica of the original work from 1995, which a few years ago was auctioned off to an art lover for 58.405 million US dollars (about 49 million euros). Jeff Koons is known for his porcelain sculptures that look like balloon animals. His work “Rabbit” was auctioned in May 2019 for around 91 million US dollars (more than 76 million euros). This made the silver-colored sculpture the most expensive work of art that has ever been auctioned by a living artist. In 2012 the Frankfurt Schirn dedicated a mega show to him.

The artist has also worked with pop star Lady Gaga. For the cover of her album “Artpop” he created a blue polished steel ball, behind which Lady Gaga sits with her legs apart.

Burglars also made big booty at a jewelry store in downtown Frankfurt. They looted jewelry worth several hundred thousand euros.

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