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Panda poop statue of Venus sells for $45,000 USD

Posted Dec 3, 2010 by Laura Trowbridge
It is hard to believe that something made out of feces would be worth tens of thousands of dollars, but one poopy creation from a Chinese artist recently sold for $45,000.
Nursing panda cub
Nursing panda cub
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A 24-inch high sculpture of Venus de Milo, made out of panda dung, was on display at the Henan Art Museum in China until being sold last week to a famous Swiss collector for 300,000 yuan, or $45,000 USD.
Uli Sigg, a Swiss businessman and former ambassador to China who owns the world's largest collection of contemporary Chinese art, found the work of giant panda poop art completely irresistable.
According to The Telegraph, famous Chinese sculptor Zhu Cheng helped nine 11 year-old art students from the city of Chengdu, where a giant panda breeding center is found, create the unique statue.
The new owner of the dung statue said that it is "full of creativity and innovation."
Google reported that while the statue was on display at the museum some people would "get closer to the statue and smell this yellow Venus" with some claiming "it smells nice."
See the statue of panda poop here.