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Giant ‘Legs’ sculpture walks off for $100K at Hamptons art fair

Late artist Larry Rivers’ sculpture “Legs” bought for $100,000 within the first quarter-hour of Hamptons Fine Art Fair, The Post can report.

The big legs — Rivers made a number of pairs of the 20-foot gams — had been in entrance of Rivers’ residence in Southampton.

Said an area of the sculpture that was beforehand displayed at Rivers’ residence, in entrance of his studio, “These legs were originally displayed at the Smith Haven Mall and then when that display was over, they were moved to Larry’s house in the village of Southampton.”

The Hamptons insider recalled, “It was a very classic, old fashioned shingled street and so the ‘Legs’ were controversial from the moment they went up on the property. All the guests had to walk through the legs — almost like being reborn to get into Larry’s [studio] front door! Larry found his friends’ and guests’ reactions to be hilarious. The house was frequently photographed by everyone, and there were days when there were literal traffic jams on this small street.”

The sculpture was sold by the artist’s foundation. The basis’s government director, David Joel, confirmed that the “Legs” sculpture bought, however wouldn’t touch upon the value.

He added that, “They are the same ‘Legs that were originally part of the 1969 mixed media construction for the Smith Haven Mall, called ‘Forty Feet of Fashion.’ These original set of ‘Legs’… were used to create a second set in 1994 for a collector in Florida. Years later, that second set went to auction and were ultimately purchased by [Hamptons art gallerist Ruth Vered], who then erected them on her property in Sag Harbor.”

The piece had been commissioned for Long Island’s Smith Haven Mall (which opened in 1969), however was disassembled after the mall modified builders. Rivers subsequently reacquired the piece.
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Page Six has beforehand written in regards to the Sag Harbor sculpture: A battle has raged for years over whether or not the art, displayed outside the home of Vered and Janet Lehr, violates native zoning guidelines.

In 2017, the Sag Harbor sculpture was vandalized with purple paint, and the years-long controversy over the paintings was even made right into a documentary, “Legs: A Big Issue in a Small Town,” co-directed by Beatrice Alda, daughter of actor Alan Alda.

The Hamptons Fine Art Fair wrapped on Sunday at the Southampton Arts Center. The fair additionally included this year a M.C. Escher show, and a recreation of Jackson Pollock’s studio flooring.

According to experiences, Rivers’ former residence has additionally simply been put on the market for $8.495 million.