Although the estimate has remained under wraps, Bourgeois's bronze sculpture, which is to be sold at Christie's in New York on 10th November in their Contemporary and Postwar evening sale, it has been confirmed that the estimate is high enough to beat world records.

One of Louse Bourgeois' bronze spiders at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow Image via The Knockturnal One of Louse Bourgeois' bronze spiders at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow
Image via The Knockturnal

If it becomes the most expensive postwar female artist work at auction, it will trump Georgia O'Keeffe's Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1, 1932, which sold at Sotheby's last year for a record $44.4 million.

The larger-than-life sculpture is an edition of six. The other works in the series are in collections and institutions, meaning it is unlikely such a work will come up for auction again in the near future.

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