What’s the going rate for a “Pokemonument” statue that became a national sensation after it mysteriously appeared in Coliseum Square this summer?
That’s how much the Pokemonument statue, which depicts the Pokemon cartoon figure Pikachu, sold for at the Neal Auction Gallery Sunday. The proceeds will benefit the Lower Garden District Parks & Fountains Fund, according to the statue's anonymous artists and Neal Auction Co., an antiques and fine art auction gallery.
A "Pokemonument" statue that mysteriously appeared in Coliseum Square two weeks ago and quic…
The statue was sold to a phone bidder. The bidding started at $1,000.
The Pokemon statue appeared July 31 or Aug. 1 in a long-empty fountain in Coliseum Square on Terpsichore Street and quickly gained national attention.
Pokemon began as a cartoon in the 1990s. This summer's release of the smartphone game "Pokemon Go" has contributed to the brand's resurgence.
Pikachu is the best-known creature in the game.
The Pokemonument statue is hollow and made of fiberglass but is designed to look like aged bronze. The artists' identities -- and how they managed to get the statue in the park without anyone seeing -- have remained a mystery.