Among interested buyers, it's common to want a Rodin that was crafted for the iconic Gates of Hell, his Dante-inspired allegorical doorway. According to the Rodin Museum in Paris: “During the 37-year period that the sculptor worked on the project, he continually added, removed, or altered the more than two hundred human figures that appear on the doors. Some of his most famous works, like The Thinker, The Three Shades, or The Kiss, were originally conceived as part of The Gates and were only later removed, enlarged, and cast as independent pieces.” On Dec. 10 in Paris, Sotheby’s will sell one of his most popular romantic works, Eternel Printemps, which Rodin sculpted with the Gates project in mind but decided not to include. The legendary cursed lovers Paolo and Francesca were inspirations for the piece, so it would be a wonderful gift for a billionaire looking for romance—or one going through a divorce.
Price: Estimated to sell for $489,000 to $597,000