Jeff Koons under the hammer for children

A Gazing Ball-inspired work to benefit the UN’s Shot@Life campaign

New York is awash with artworks by Jeff Koons, with his soon-to-close retrospective at the Whitney and the 37ft Split-Rocker installation at Rockefeller Plaza – the spot where his topiary puppy made its debut 14 years ago. But he is also working on a new sculpture – said to be inspired by his Gazing Balls series – to be auctioned by Project Perpetual, an initiative founded by Paris‑based collector and philanthropist Svetlana Kuzmicheva-Uspenskaya that commissions artists to create one-of-a-kind works for charity.

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Similar pieces from the Gazing Ball series sold for $2m–$2.5m; all proceeds from this sale will go to the United Nation’s Shot@Life campaign, which distributes vaccines in a bid to reduce the annual 1.5m child deaths caused by preventable diseases such as measles, pneumonia and polio.

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Pictured: Perfect Sound Forever by Andrew Kuo, created for Project Perpetual

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