A monumental Jeff Koons stainless steel sculpture has gone on show at New York's Rockerfeller Center this week before being sold in November by auction house Christie's for an estimated $20-30 million.
The 20-foot-long "Balloon Monkey (Orange)", which took seven years to create, is one of only five created by the American artist, with other color palettes including blue, magenta, red and yellow.
The fluid, highly polished monolithic sculpture resembles a blow-up balloon animal, with a monochrome finish achieving a perfect tension between lightness and weight, solidity and suggested transparency.
Featuring a pyramidal body, stacked spheres for a head and neck, and a cantilevered tail, the piece has been reduced to its "basic essence" and has an almost architectural quality.
The sculpture is going on show one year after Koons' work "Balloon Dog (Orange)" set the world auction record for any living artist.
"Balloon Monkey" will be on display at the entrance of 20 Rockefeller Plaza for six weeks as part of Christie's sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art, before being sold on November 12.
Koons's landmark exhibition at the Whitney Museum of America Art in New York runs through October 19 before moving to Paris in November.