An Orange Balloon Dog Sold for $58.4M So Here Are 10 Other Cool Jeff Koons Balloon Pieces


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Balloon Dog (Orange)

At Christie’s Tuesday night, Balloon Dog (Orange) by Jeff Koons — an American artist known for brightly colored reflective sculptures that resemble balloons — was sold to an anonymous telephone bidder for $58.4 million, surpassing initial $55 million estimates to become “the most expensive work by a living artist sold at auction,” according to the New York Times.

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The stainless steel sculpture with transparent color coating is one of the first balloon dogs, which look like the kind of souvenir clowns make at birthday parties. Other pups have been on display around the world in red, green, and blue — not to mention a shiny pink one made it to Versailles in 2008.

Stephen Colbert probably summed up the meaning of Koons’s balloon animals best in an interview with the artist on The Colbert Report last year. “A lot of them are shiny, you know,” Colbert observed, “so when I look at them I can see me, and then I’m really interested in it.” Koons agreed, arguing “art happens inside the viewer… and the art is your sense of your own potential as a person.” These reflective balloon sculptures “just trigger that information in you.”

On a more somber note, Koons added, “I’ve always enjoyed balloon animals because they’re like us. We’re balloons. You take a breath and you inhale, it’s an optimism. You exhale, and it’s kind of a symbol of death.” (And somewhere, a clown just cried…)

Below is a glimpse at other noteworthy balloon sculptures by Koons in recent years:


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(L-R) Balloon Swan (Blue), Ballon Monkey (Red)Balloon Rabbit (Yellow) at the Gagosian Gallery in New York City on May 9, 2013.


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Jeff Koons himself poses in front of Balloon Venus, flanked by Roman marbles, at the Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung in Frankfurt, Germany, on June 19, 2012. It’s a play on “Venus of Willendorf,” a curvaceous female figure made in the Paleolithic period that is thought to symbolize fertility.

Dom Pérignon Balloon Venus by Jeff Koons

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smaller version of the Venus with a bottle of Dom Pérignon champagne inside went on sale in September 2013 and costs 15,000 euros (about $20,000).



This shocking pink Balloon Dog photographed on September 9, 2008, at the Château de Versailles sparked controversy as some visitors said the work was crude and too modern for Louis XIV’s former palace.


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Sacred Heart (Red/Gold) at the roof garden of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on April 21, 2008.


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Tulips and Balloon Flower pictured on October 29, 2008, at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin.


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A balloon in the literal sense, the silver Rabbit designed by Koons floats through Times Square during the 81st annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 22, 2007.


I think Koons work of the Orange Balloon Dog is in line with all his work on other animals. Though his sculptures are unique and well crafted. I still think he only took someone else idea an improved on their conception. Art is in the eye of the buyer but 58 million is very price a work that I would not call original. Yes is it only one  orange dog but there is another dog with a different color, a snake, a rabbit, and a monkey to many things that are similar to merit that price.


As a post script to my previous comment .... If the new owner of this piece of art is interested I have the matching pile of fecal material available for 20 million.


@mg.gasman I want pictures or else it didn't happen, I need to see if it is truly worth 20 million and worthy enough to be put next to that piece of art.


People are insane. 58 mil for this? If I had that kind of money I would rather stick it up my butt as to give it to this yahoo. The one percenters  just dont get how obscene this kind of behavior is when the people at working for Walmart cant even afford Thanksgiving dinner. I hope the damn dog bites the buyer right in the nuts. 


@mg.gasman These f'ing a*$holes make me really hate anything to do with wall street. The a$5holes on wall street pretty much print their own money with credit derivatives which is risky as f'ck and when their risky trading backfires like it did in 2008 they receive a bailout and continue to print their own money. These people have so much money such as Steven Cohen, so instead of giving it to charity by helping someone else they blow it on massive piles of fecal  material such as Steven did by buying ballon dog.