Charlize Theron Convinced Sean Penn to Get Rid of His Gun Collection—So He Asked Jeff Koons to Turn Them All Into a Sculpture

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper placed the winning $1.4 million bid for the sculpture at a charity auction.

Sean Penn and Charlize Theron attend the


Sean Penn and Charlize Theron attend the “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images.

For Jeff Koons’s latest sculpture, the artist has used an unusual material: Guns. And not just any guns, but the gun collection of two-time Academy Award-winning actor Sean Penn.

About six years ago, “Sean informed me that he wanted to decommission his gun collection, and asked if I would have any interest in creating an artwork out of his guns,” Koons wrote in an Instagram post that unveiled the finished work, titled Uli. “I told him, ‘Absolutely.’”

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