It may have cost $180,000 to restore the original Astor Place cube, but you can now buy a 21-inch nearly-exact replica of it for $30,000 on eBay, reports Bedford + Bowery. The perfect holiday gift for the art connoisseur in your life!
Sculptor Tony Rosenthal created the Astor Place cube in 1967 and has since created many other giant cubes, including one in Michigan, another in Southampton and yet another in Boca Raton. The one perk about buying the $30,000 smaller version is that it’s a lot easier to spin than its full-sized models.
Apparently, Rosenthal had no intention on making more cubes after the Astor Place one, but it gained so much popularity that he recreated it with a new twist every time. The following year, in 1968, he made a golden miniature version. In 2013, Mayor Bloomberg gifted a brass miniature to his deputy mayor, Patricia E. Harris. Rosenthal’s widow even has a plywood marquette model of the cube, made before the original was created.
So if you want in on Rosenthal’s legacy, purchase his miniature cube for $30,000 on eBay before someone else who’s cube-obsessed does (maybe Ice Cube?).