Monday, December 20, 2004

Paragon of Finance Going Once, Going Twice

This morning it was announced that the famous sculpture at the heart of the financial district will soon be auctioned off. The following comes from the Fine Art Collection, LLC website:

"The internationally recognized symbol of capitalism is for sale: A one-time opportunity to own a landmark, The Charging Bull, located in Bowling Green, near Wall Street in New York City. For the very first time this world famous icon can be purchased by a private party. The Charging Bull is set to be sold on the 15-year anniversary of its public debut.

Sculptor, Arturo Di Modica (About the Artist), created the monument in a two year period following the stock market crash of 1987, and in the early morning hours of December 16, 1989, drove a flatbed truck to the New York Stock Exchange and unloaded his 7,000 pound gift. Workers arriving to the Financial District the next day were surprised by the sleek, 16-foot long bronze bull, head down, nostrils flaring, poised to charge up Broad Street.

Di Modica says that The Charging Bull was meant to stand as an icon of the strength, power and hope of the American people. In its 15 year tenure, the sculpture has found itself woven into a tapestry of symbolism both by locals and visitors from around the world. It has been linked to the prosperity enjoyed by Wall Street over the years and is visited by thousands of tourists, who travel to Bowling Green to take a photo with The Charging Bull."

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