'That's art?' Baby turns heads in Manhattan auction house window

From Reuters - November 9, 2017

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A sculpture of a baby sleeping in an unusual New York City exhibit has Park Avenue window-shoppers alerting auction house staff that a child has been forgotten in the display.

Sculpted after artist Duane Hansons son, the lifelike artwork, titled Baby in a Carriage, 1983,is valued at about $80,000 to $120,000, according to director of American art at Heritage Auctions in Manhattan.

Its the greatest. If you could watch our footage of this baby in the window, it would crack you up because truly all day, people, women, children, mothers, grandfathers, cops will stop and look at it and wonder truly for a second, or more than a second, is that really a baby?, Director of American art at Heritage Auctions, Aviva Lehmann, told Reuters, adding that this is exactly what Hanson wanted you to think.

The polyvinyl piece of a sleeping toddler wearing a lightlue sweatshirt and matching sweatpants, is topped off with a head of blonde human hair, furthering its authenticity.

Thats art? a stunned Rachel Leeds said with a laugh. I thought that was a real baby.

The babys shirt carries the bible verse, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast the first stone, from the Gospel of John 8:7.

Hanson, a Minnesota native, is often depicted as a hyper realist artist.


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