It takes a big Popeye fan like Jeff Koons to create a 6.5 foot stainless steel Popeye statue. It takes a fan on a whole other level to purchase said statue for $28 million, which is what hotel and casino mogul Steve Wynn has done.
The statue was created over the course of two years and features Popeye holding an open can of spinach. Wynn plans on displaying the sculpture in one of his Las Vegas hotels.
Wynn bought the piece on May 14 at the Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening auction. Only three of the statues exist.
Wynn had previously purchased a Koons’ piece in 2012 for $33.6 million.