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2 of 3 Rodin sculptures fetch $16M in NYC auction

Tuesday - 5/7/2013, 11:25pm  ET

FILE - This file photo provided by Sotheby's, Friday, April 12, 2013, shows the Auguste Rodin sculpture, "The Thinker." The full-scale sculpture was commissioned by publishing magnate Ralph Pulitzer in 1906 and made under Rodin's supervision. The sculpture was sold at auction by Sotheby’s for $15.285 million as part of an Impressionist and Modern Art auction on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/Sotheby's)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Two early casts from Auguste Rodin's masterpiece "The Gates of Hell" have sold for a total of more than $16 million at a New York City auction.

"The Thinker" sold Tuesday for $15.3 million, a new record for the figure. Sotheby's hasn't said who bought it.

A later cast of the statue was auctioned for just under $12 million in 2010.

The full-scale sculpture was commissioned by publishing magnate Ralph Pulitzer in 1906 and made under Rodin's supervision.

"Ugolino (oo-goh-LEE'-noh) and His Children," from 1883, sold for $965,000. "The Kiss," from 1909, did not sell.

The pieces were consigned by a private collector.

"The Gates" is based on Dante's "Inferno." It was never fully realized. Philadelphia's Rodin Museum owns the first bronze cast of "The Gates."

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Online: http://www.sothebys.com


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