A representative for Kanye West has shut down reports the sculptures from the rapper’s Famous music video are on sale for $4 million (£3 million).
The life-like nudes from the hip-hop star’s controversial promo were on display at Los Angeles’ Blum & Poe Art Gallery last week (ends28Aug16), and the gallery’s co-founder, Tim Blum, suggested to The New York Times that the entire set of sculptures was on sale for the six-figure price tag.
However, a representative for West tells Pitchfork the art is not available for purchase at all, since they are planning on bringing the piece to other galleries for viewing.
“We are incredibly flattered that a number is being reported but at no point have we ever disclosed a sale price for the piece,” a statement from his rep reads. “Once again we are flattered by such interest, but as far as Mr. West is concerned – it’s all about the art. We are looking forward to announcing when Famous will be available again for viewing.”
Just like the hip-hop star’s music video, the 12 silicone versions of celebrities and public figures, including West, his wife Kim Kardashian, his ex-girlfriend Amber Rose, Kim’s ex-boyfriend Ray J, Taylor Swift, Chris Brown, and Bill Cosby, are displayed on a long horizontal bed together, and even have animatronic features to make it look like they’re breathing.
Kardashian and her sister Kendall Jenner visited the exhibition on Friday (26Aug16), and Kanye’s proud wife took to Twitter to share a shot of herself standing in front of the waxwork figures with Kanye smiling on a TV screen next to her.
In the New York Times article, Blum said he and music executive Scooter Braun are “actively shopping the piece’s next home”.