NEW YORK.- Auguste Rodin's "Eternal springtime" marble sculpture of lovers fetched more than $20 million at auction Monday, a record for the French sculptor, at Sotheby's in New York.
The work -- conceived by Rodin in 1884 and sculpted in 1901-1903 -- is just 31.5 inches wide by 26.25 inches tall (80 by 66.7 centimeters).
Its $20.41 million sale price more than doubled auctioneers's expectations of at least $8 million.
Cut from a single stone slab, the statue is the fifth of 10 known carvings of the subject in marble.
The prior record for a Rodin sculpture was $18.97 million for "Eve, grand modele-version sans rocher," auctioned in May 2008.