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The highly anticipated art auction season arrived Sunday with a specially curated sale that included a sculpture of a kneeling Hitler by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, which fetched a record price for the artist, and a ball suspended in a water tank by Jeff Koons. Christie's "Bound to Fail" themed sale kicked off the weeklong New York auctions of modern, postwar and contemporary art at Christie's and Sotheby's. "Him," Cattelan's controversial sculpture of Hitler, appears as a small child kneeling in prayer when approached from the rear. The previous auction record for a work by Cattelan was $7.9 million.The auction record for the artist is $9.9 million.The weeklong spring auctions of 20th century art runs through Friday.
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