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July 1, 2011

Klimt Barbie

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You could look it up.

Or just look at the photo up top.

Long story short: The new doll from Mattel is inspired by Adele Bloch-Bauer, Klimt's famous Austrian model (and possibly his lover).

Klimt's golden portrait of her (below)

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was "finished in 1907 and modeled on Byzantine mosaics of Empress Theodora in Ravenna," wrote Robin Cembalest in a June 28, 2011 Tablet post.

The painting was sold to Ronald Lauder in 2006 for a reported $135 million, said to be the highest price ever paid for an artwork at the time.

It currently resides at the Manhattan museum founded by Lauder, the Neue Galerie, across Fifth Avenue from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The doll's a snip at $34.95.

July 1, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink


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