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French adman accuses Koons of stealing idea

AFP · 18 Dec 2014, 11:00

Published: 18 Dec 2014 11:00 GMT+01:00

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Franck Davidovici was the author of ad campaigns for the French clothing brand in the 1980s, famously introducing a little pig to pose alongside models in highly successful, theatrical scenes.

The 1985 autumn-winter campaign showed a young girl lying in snow, apparently the victim of an avalanche, being nosed at by a small pig with a barrel of rum under its neck in reference to the famous Saint Bernard rescue dogs.

Koons's porcelain artwork, which dates from 1988, shows a similar looking young girl, strands of hair on her cheek just like in the ad, though she is wearing different clothes. The pig does appear to be wearing a rum barrel.

Like the ad, it is called "Fait d'Hiver".

A bailiff went to the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris last week, where a retrospective of the artist's work is taking place, to take a photo of the artwork, said the source, who wished to remain anonymous.

Jean Aittouares, the lawyer for Davidovici, told AFP there would be "legal action" but refused to comment further.

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There are four copies of "Fait d'Hiver", and the one currently exhibited in Paris was sold for around three million euros ($3.7 million) in 2007 at Christie's auction house in New York. It now belongs to the Prada collection.

Neither the Georges Pompidou Centre nor Koons were available for comment when contacted by AFP.

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