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Arturo Di Modica, Sculptor of the ‘Charging Bull’, Dies at 80

Mr. Di Modica put the sculpture up on the market in the Nineteen Nineties, however he refused a suggestion that may entail transferring it to a on line casino in Las Vegas. He lastly bought it to the British investor Joe Lewis on the situation that Mr. Lewis by no means transfer it from its Bowling Green location. The quantity Mr. Lewis paid was not made public, however Mr. Di Modica’s authentic asking value was $5 million. (Mr. Lewis purchased a number of different copies of the sculpture.)

In 2000, Mr. Di Modica married Stefania Oriana Drago, who survives him, together with their daughter, Marianna, and a stepdaughter, Nadia. Complete data on survivors was not instantly obtainable.

Mr. Di Modica was extraordinarily protecting of his work. In 2006, he sued Walmart and several other different firms for utilizing photographs of “Charging Bull” on their merchandise.

Along with vacationers, the work drew greater than its share of street-style essential responses. In 2008 and once more in 2017, it was vandalized with paint, and in 2019 a person attacked it with what witnesses mentioned regarded like a makeshift steel banjo, leaving a six-inch gash in a single of its horns. During the Occupy Wall (*80*) protests, in 2011, police surrounded it with a tall fence, for worry that activists would possibly assault it as an emblem of American capitalism.

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