Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Arts & Entertainment
  3. Arts & Exhibits

Sotheby's eyeing $25 million for Jeff Koons' 'Popeye'

See also

One of the most iconic animated characters in American pop culture is Popeye, the muscular, spinach-eating sailor man who has appeared in TV cartoons and comic strips since 1929. In his 85-year existence, Popeye has charmed audiences with his energy and high-pitched singing voice, and lately has even captured the attention of sculptor Jeff Koons.

In 2009, Koons began work on a six-and-a-half foot tall, stainless steel reproduction of the beloved character that was completed in 2011. In this impressive work, Popeye wearing his trademark sailor hat, is holding a can of spinach in one hand and flexing his famously bulging muscles with his other arm. The piece will go on sale at a Sotheby’s auction next month in New York with an estimate of $25 million.

Koons is best known for his imaginative sculptures of cartoonish characters and ordinary objects and has achieved huge financial success. In November, his 12-foot stainless steel Balloon Dog (Orange) sculpture sold at Christie’s for $58.4 million, becoming the highest-priced work by a living artist ever sold at auction. Balloon Dog is part of a series of five sculptures each painted in a different color.

Other series of animal sculptures by Koons include Balloon Swan, Balloon Monkey, and Balloon Rabbit among others. Koons currently lives and works in New York City, and York, Penn. The auction will be held May 14th at Sotheby's New York, 1334 York Ave. (212) 606-7000


Today's top buzz...

  • Weird Al
    'Weird Al' Yankovic gains his first number one album with 'Mandatory Fun'
    Music Buzz
  • LeBron James
    Frank Caliendo channels Morgan Freeman when reading LeBron James' letter
    NBA Buzz
  • NFL jerseys
    New York Giants and Jets fail to breach NFL's top 25 in jersey sales
    NFL Buzz
  • Slash
    Slash and The Conspirators crush it at Hard Rock, AP Awards
    20 Photos
  • Monks of Mellonwah
    Exclusive interview: Monks of Mellonwah talk music, touring and more
    9 Photos
  • Bad Company
    Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd deliver a double dose of hits at the Blossom Music Center
    20 Photos