The silicone sculptures of naked celebrities seen in Kanye West’s “Famous” video have given rise to many things, from controversy to parody to insightful critiquing. For their next trick, they’ll actually lower something — someone’s bank account, as they’re currently being sold for a cool $4 million.
As the New York Times reports, the models of West, Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift, Donald Trump, Rihanna, Bill Cosby, Caitlyn Jenner, and others were put on display at Blum & Poe gallery in Los Angeles. Now the gallery is looking to unload the nude facsimiles, along with the bedding they’re laid down in and the series of 9-volt batteries used to make them “breathe”. Music exec Scooter Braun and gallery co-founder Tim Blum are “actively shopping the piece’s next home” with a $4 million price tag.
Update: A representative for West has told Consequence of Sound that no such sale is set to take place. “We are incredibly flattered that a number is being reported but at no point have we ever disclosed a sale price for the piece,” reads their statement. “The writer whose story was published in the NY Times unfortunately based his reporting on hearsay, conjecture, uninvolved third parties and the lack of fact checking.”
“As far as Mr. West is concerned — it’s all about the art,” the rep adds. “We are looking forward to announcing when ‘Famous’ will be available again for viewing.”
Considering Kanye’s wife is part of the piece, does this strike anyone as a somehow more artful versions of Indecent Proposal? Then again, you’d also be paying to own a naked Trump, so it’s considerably less sexy. Next question: When will the workout bench from “Fade” hit the auction block?