Giacometti sculpture for sale in a secretive auction with a minimum bid of $90 million

A work by Alberto Giacometti, the artist behind some of history’s most expensive sculptures, is going up for sale — but bids will be made entirely in secret.



a close up of a person: Sotheby's is requiring minimum bids of at least $90 million for "Grande femme I," but the final sale price will remain a secret.


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Sotheby’s is requiring minimum bids of at least $90 million for “Grande femme I,” but the final sale price will remain a secret.

Until October 27, auction house Sotheby’s will be accepting confidential offers for “Grande femme I,” a 9-foot-tall bronze of a spindly woman. And with a starting price of $90 million, the so-called “sealed-bid” sale could fetch one of the largest sums ever paid for a sculpture.

The Swiss artist cast the bronze artwork in 1960, six years before his death. It was part of a larger series of sculptures meant to form a major public installation in New York City, though the outdoor display was never realized. “Grande femme I” embodies Giacometti’s late-career style,

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