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Oh...Someone Bought This Hitler Statue For $17 Million

$17 million.

Last updated on May 9, 2016, at 8:24 a.m. ET

Posted on May 9, 2016, at 8:24 a.m. ET

Someone who we can only imagine is incalculably rich bought this artwork of Hitler on Sunday for more than $17 million.

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The sculpture, called "Him," is by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, who has been described as "a jokester, a clown, a comedian" of the art world.

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"Him" — which is made with "wax, human hair, suit, polyester resin and pigment" — was supposed to fetch only $10 million to $15 million at a Christie's auction in New York City. Instead it got $17,189,000!

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The piece stirred up controversy in 2012 when it was placed at the Warsaw Ghetto in Poland. “I wanted to destroy it myself,” Cattelan reportedly once said about the artwork.

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The winning bidder remained anonymous. The previous record-setting price for a Cattelan work at auction was $7.9 million.

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