In the “Lives” section of the New York Times Magazine, there’s an article called “I Was Jeff Koons’s Studio Serf.” Ouch.
The “serf” in question is John Powers, who was a 21-year-old art student when a job with Mr. Koons’s studio in 1995. He quotes Koons as saying in an interview, “I’m basically the idea person…I’m not physically involved in the production. I don’t have the necessary abilities, so I go to the top people.” Mr. Powers was assigned to make a new painting called “Cracked Egg.”
Long story short, he spent five months meticulously finishing the thing, it fell off a studio wall and was damaged, Mr. Powers was told to try again, he quit, then “Cracked Egg” eventually sold at Christie’s in London for $501,933. Have a look here.