A thriller bidder has splashed out at public sale to pay money for an eerie silver sculpture that sparked terror within the Russian metropolis of Novovoronezh the place it was erected, and a wave of jokes on-line after it was unveiled by officers.
The monument to a woman named Alenka, who native legend holds based the village that later grew into Novovoronezh, was listed for a beginning worth of 1 million rubles ($13,650) on Monday, however 4 bidders battled it out to safe the statue, driving its worth as much as 2.6 million (round $35,500). The vendor reportedly plans to donate the proceeds to charity.
Pavel Zhirunov, the deputy director normal of the Russian Auction House, the place the lot was on supply informed native media that “the sale showed, firstly, that thanks to the attention of society and the media, the status of the subject of the auction has risen to unprecedented heights.” According to him, the circumstances of the sale “made the art object not only a subject of discussion, but also an investment object.”
The statue was torn down by authorities simply days after it was unveiled in a ceremony by town’s mayor. One social media consumer wrote that it was “more like a monument dedicated to the victims of Covid-19. It’s a pity that they didn’t put it at the entrance to the city.” Others mentioned it extra intently resembled rock singer Marilyn Manson or a “Zombie Angelina Jolie,” and the statue rapidly grew to become a meme on Russian-language social networks.
The senator for the area, Alexey Pushkov, added his voice to these complaining in regards to the set up, saying “yes, it’s creepy. The eyes are like those of an extra-terrestrial.”
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