BLOWING UP

One of Jeff Koons’s “balloon dogs” just fetched a record price, but who owns the rest of the litter?

Last night’s (Nov. 12) $691.5-million auction at Christie’s broke multiple records. It was the most expensive ever auction and included the most expensive work ever sold, Francis Bacon’s triptych “Three Studies of Lucian Freud,” which went for $142.4 million. Also among those sold was also the most expensive piece ever by a living artist, Jeff Koons’s “Balloon Dog (Orange).” The big orange dog (above) was purchased by an unknown telephone buyer for $58.4 million from the previous owner, publishing magnate Peter Brant.

But what of its siblings? Koons conceived of the Balloon Dog series in the nineties, and while the orange version was among the first created, it was ultimately just one of a litter of five—each with a “celebrated collector” of its own.

Insurance and homebuilding billionaire Eli Broad, well-known for his arts philanthropy, owns “Balloon Dog (Blue),” currently on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

U.S. artist Jeff Koons' work "Balloon Dog" is shown as a part of the exhibition "Re-Objekt" (Re-object), at the Kunsthaus Bregenz, in Bregenz, Austria, during a media day, Friday, Feb. 16, 2007. The exhibition featuring works of Marcel Duchamp, Damian Hirst, Jeff Koons and Gerhard Merz, will open doors to public on Sunday, Feb .18, 2007.  (AP Photo/Keystone, Regina Kuehne)
Balloon Dog (Blue) by Jeff Koons (AP/Keystone/Regina Kuehne)

Billionaire French retailer François Pinault owns “Balloon Dog (Magenta).”

Artist Jeff Koons poses with his sculpture "Balloon Dog (Magenta)" during the vernissage of billionaire French collector Francois Pinault's show, prior to the re-opening of the Palazzo Grassi gallery in Venice April 27, 2006. Pinault's contemporary art collection goes on show at Venice's Palazzo Grassi this weekend, a major snub to art lovers in Paris which was originally meant to host the works. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri - RTR1CUVT
The artist behind “Balloon Dog (Magenta), with the work…behind him. (Reuters/Manuel Silvestri)

The scarlet “Balloon Dog (Red)” is owned by Greek industrialist Dakis Joannou.

The artwork "Balloon Dog (Orange)" by artist Jeff Koons is seen during a media preview at Christie's Auction House in New York, October 31, 2013. The piece, which is expected to surpass the artist's current record of $33.6 million achieved in 2012, is estimated to reach $35-55 million during its auction in New York on November 12. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY) - RTX14VCF
The big red dog. (Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)

Finally, SAC Capital hedge fund magnate Steven A. Cohen owns one. He’s been in the news this month, since his fund settled accusations of insider trading with the US Securities and Exchange Commission for $1.8 billion. Cohen’s is yellow.

Now all that’s left is for the buyer who snatched up the most recent pick of the litter last night to step forward. We’re sure it’s found a good home.

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