Come May and art collectors will be in for a treat as Christie’s in New York is all set to auction a major work by French artist Yves Klein. Christened, the “ANT 93, Le Buffle” (The Buffalo), this unique artwork made using naked models in his signature blue paint is expected to fetch around $10million! Measuring some nine feet across, this breathtaking piece is being offered at auction for the first time. One of the best works from his “Anthropometrie” series which involved applying paint using the bodies of naked female models, often referred to as “living brushes”, this masterpiece is truly a class apart. The process of creating his unique paintings was also quite queer. Apparently, Klein would dress in evening wear and white gloves and conduct the production of his painting to the accompaniment of an orchestra playing “Symphonie Monotone”. Christie’s has also reproduced a photograph of the painting hanging on the artist’s sitting room wall in his Paris apartment.
The painting promises to be the star attraction of Christie’s postwar and contemporary sale scheduled to take place on May 11.