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The owner, identified as Ruth, said that Calder gave the mobile to her aunt at a cocktail party in 1958. The aunt had done a needlepoint pillow of one of Calder's works. She gave it to him, and a couple of days later he had this mobile sent to her as a thank-you for the pillow. The mobile had a slight restoration in 1986. Appraiser Chris Kennedy deemed that for fair auction value, the range is somewhere between $400,000 and $600,000 but because Calder is a hot auction property these days it could conceivably break $1 million. Check out the video and an interview with the owner at the PBS website.
[via ArtFix Daily]