Myth Venus, a ten-foot-tall, white-painted bronze of Moss holding a precarious yoga pose, was part of Christie’s auction of an ‘exceptionally cultivated’ private contemporary collection.
The hammer price for the sculpture came in at the top end of pre-auction estimates.
‘When people look back at this time she'll be the archetypal image, just as Louise Brooks was in the 1920s. For me as an artist it's interesting to make something about the time I live in,’ Quinn said of another Moss sculpture in 2006, the same year he created Myth Venus. ‘She is a mirror of ourselves, a knotted Venus of our age.’
News of the sale arrives as galleries on two continents open exhibitions of influential Moss portraits. Both Paris’s Gallerie de L’Instant and New York’s Danziger Projects have mounted shows exploring Moss’s early career and near-hypnotic appeal through works by Corinne Day and Bruce Weber, among others.
Gene Lemuel, an early Moss champion with photographs in the Danziger show, described his first encounter with the young model.
‘I was looking all over for girls, and one day in London, at this casting, this little person walks in. I don’t even know how Kate got to that casting—every other model there was big, like, physically, and also, you know, more established, and as far as I knew she had never even been shot before. But I just looked at her, and instantly I knew—that girl’s going to be incredibly famous. I told her that, I told her she’d get shot by Bruce Weber and do giant campaigns. And she was like, wha-a-at? I think she figured I was crazy.
‘She just seemed like a star.’