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a shiny metal statue of a rabbit broke art records when the auction hammer came down on Wednesday it's over three feet high an inflatable toy a cast in stainless steel and its new owner paid over ninety one million dollars with that rabbit by Jeff Koons is the highest priced work ever by a still living artist according to auction house Christie's it's the second of three made in nineteen eighty six and Christy chairman of post war art says at first the rabbit faced controversy it was a it would there was a big star about it opinions would vary from like horrible to amazing and it also stands for is one of the most important sculptures of the second half of the center of the twentieth century it is for me day anti ceases to %HESITATION to to the David it's the anti David's rabbits buyer was not disclosed however auction house Christie's it says the sale means Coons overtook and David Hockney well last November hockey's nineteen seventy two portrait of an artist who two figures went for just over ninety million the rabbit sale comes on the heels of another record price in the art world this week on Tuesday one of the few Monet paintings in the haystack series is still in private hands sold at the highest price ever for an impressionist painting this is of the entire series the one which is brightest in color and most modernists approach to capturing that fleeting moment the Monet sold for more than one hundred and ten million dollars