Constantin Brancusi bronze sculpture auctioned for $57 million

A bronze sculpture by Romanian-born sculptor Constantin Brancusi sold for an astonishing $57.37 million in New York on Monday. The sculpture of a sleeping woman’s head—”La muse endormie”— by the pioneer of modernism sold after nine minutes of bidding at Christie’s impressionist and modern art sale, kicking off a week of high-profile art auctions expected to rake in hundreds of millions of dollars.

The 1913 sculpture was cast by Constantin Brancusi who spent most of his working career in Paris. Despite being valued pre-sale at $25-35 million, it was snapped up by an anonymous bidder for twice its intended price.

Constantin Brancusi ”La muse endormie”