Sponge Art Soaks Up $21M at Auction - NBC New York

Sponge Art Soaks Up $21M at Auction

The work fell short of its estimated selling price of $25M

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    Yves Klein’s Archisponge RE 11 from 1960 was auctioned at Sotheby's for $21 million on November 11, 2008. (photo credit Artdaily)

    An artwork of sponges stuck on a canvas has sold in New York City for more than $21 million.

    Yves Klein's "Archisponge (RE 11)" was the top seller at Sotheby's contemporary art auction in Manhattan on Tuesday night.

    The 1960 work of natural sponges applied to the canvas and executed in the artist's signature International Klein Blue pigment fetched $21.4 million. Still, the sale price fell short of its presale estimate of $25 million.

    The work is considered the most important in Klein's Relief Eponge series. It was included in an exhibition of his work at the Museum Haus Lange in Krefeld, Germany, in 1961, the year before he died.

    The buyer's identity hasn't been disclosed.