Art fair visitor breaks $42,000 Jeff Koons balloon dog sculpture

February 19, 2023

A collector visiting a contemporary art fair accidentally knocked over a small glass sculpture by the renowned artist Jeff Koons, shattering it to pieces. The shiny blue sculpture, one of Koons’ famous “balloon dog” series, was valued at $42,000 (£35,000). The mishap occurred during a VIP preview at Art Wynwood in Miami, and some collectors thought it was performance art or a stunt. Gamson told reporters he thought the woman tapped on the artwork to see if it was a real balloon. Benedicte Caluch, an art adviser with Bel-Air Fine Art, which sponsored the Koons piece, told the Miami Herald the woman did not mean to break the piece and that insurance would cover the damage.