Actor Sean Penn, with the help of Jeff Koons, turned his collection of weapons into a sculpture

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For his new work, the most expensive living artist Jeff Koons used an unusual material – a weapon. And not just a weapon, but a collection of two-time Oscar winner Sean Penn.

About six years ago, “Sean told me he wanted to “commission” his gun collection and asked if I was interested in the prospect of creating a work of art with his guns. I answered him “Absolutely”,” Koons wrote to Instagram, releasing a finished work called Uli.
Actor Sean Penn, with the help of Jeff Koons, turned his collection of weapons into a sculpture

Screenshot of Jeff Koons’ post on Instagram.

Sean Penn, who is now 59 years old, has decided to abandon his weapons under the influence of the oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron, with whom he met from 2013 to 2015. “Anti-gun” beliefs of the 44-year-old actress from South Africa were formed in adolescence. Then her abusive father, being drunk, shot her and her mother, and she returned fire in self-defense and killed him.

“I am a self-proclaimed alpha male who owns 67 firearms,” Penn told the star public at his 2014 Help Haiti charity event, the Daily Mail reported. – But I changed my mind about guns under the influence of a strong woman, a beautiful South African woman.

Actor Sean Penn, with the help of Jeff Koons, turned his collection of weapons into a sculpture

Sean Penn and Charlize Theron. Source: The Los Angeles Times.

To illustrate his commitment to a new unarmed lifestyle, Penn decided to sell his entire collection at a charity auction to help Haiti. “Koons will decommission [and] shut down all my cowardly killing machines,” he announced. – Whoever makes the highest bid will receive my guns, which have passed through the hands of this cult artist and sculptor.

The winner of the bidding was CNN’s journalist and presenter Anderson Cooper, who offered $1.4 million and beat his closest rival and colleague Pierce Morgan. In fact, we can say that the new owner received an exhibit in his collection literally for nothing, because last year’s “Rabbit” Jeff Koons was sold at Christie’s auction in New York for 91.1 million dollars, becoming the world’s most expensive work of a living artist.

Actor Sean Penn, with the help of Jeff Koons, turned his collection of weapons into a sculpture
Jeff Koons’ ‘Rabbit’ Sculpture  (1986). Christie’s Images

Jeff Koons, “Rabbit.”

The finished sculpture is completely made of weapon metal. All details are combined in a dark, totem-like statue. According to Kuns, he was inspired by Uli, the carved figures associated with fertility rites on New Ireland Island in Papua New Guinea.

“Usually, the figures of Uli are made of wood. They represent the maternal and fatherly spirit of tribal leaders,” the artist explained.

According to Artnet

Jeff Koons, “Rabbit.”

The finished sculpture is completely made of weapon metal. All details are combined in a dark, totem-like statue. According to Kuns, he was inspired by Uli, the carved figures associated with fertility rites on New Ireland Island in Papua New Guinea.

“Usually, the figures of Uli are made of wood. They represent the maternal and fatherly spirit of tribal leaders,” the artist explained.

According to Artnet News materials.

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