Published: February 22, 2016
Auctioneer Binoche et Giquello said the 33½-inch model, made in 1927, had beaten its $2.2 million high presale estimate to set a record for a model made after the French sculptor’s death. The bronze with a nuanced brown patina and simplified base is signed “A. Rodin” on the rock on the right and with the bronze caster’s stamp “Alexis Rudier/Fondeur, Paris” at the rear of the base with the interior hallmark.
The sale included five remarkable bronzes by Rodin, all from the collection of Parisian gallery owner Jean de Ruaz and all of which were featured in a 1946 exhibition of Rodin’s most admired bronzes.
The American collector, who bid by phone, also bought another cast of a Rodin statue called “L’Eternel Printemps (Eternal Spring)” for $780,000.
The three other bronzes were also sold for more than double their estimates.
“The Kiss,” one of Rodin’s most famous sculptures, has been cast 27 times since he first created it in 1885.
The 6-foot-high white marble version is in the Musee Rodin in Paris.
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