Nude Statue of Peter Brant’s Wife Stephanie Seymour Graces Cover of Auction Catalogue

maurizio cattelan trophy wife stephanie seymour Nude Statue of Peter Brants Wife Stephanie Seymour Graces Cover of Auction CatalogueIn 2003, Interview magazine publisher and Greenwich polo king Peter Brant commissioned a statue by nutty Italian-American artist Maurizio Cattelan. The art piece was to be of his wife, Stephanie Seymour, and she would be nude clutching her breasts, jutting out like a figurehead on a boat. Cattelan agreed, and went to work on the statue. It is called “Stephanie,” but it’s better known by its wry nickname: “Trophy Wife.”

Brant and Seymour have apparently reconciled their nasty, thievery-inducing breakup and are back to being happily betrothed. But this can’t be too comforting for them: Gatecrasher reports that a picture of “Stephanie” will be gracing the cover of the Nov. 8 art sale catalogue “Carte Blanche” put out by the Phillips de Pury & Company. Cattelan made three casts of the statue — Brant still has the commissioned one — and a version is being put up for auction. The statue could sell for more than $1.5 million.

A source “close to Brant and Seymour” told Gatecrasher “They were well aware that there was more than one piece being made when they commissioned the artwork.”

Cattelan made a splash last month when a statue of his entitled “L.O.V.E.” was placed in front of the Milan Stock Exchange. “L.O.V.E.” is an enormous hand giving its onlookers the middle finger.

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