Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan created an ‘interesting’ granite sculpture showcasing nearly 124 years of England’s history in footballing failures.
The artwork was auctioned for an astounding £425,000 as part of Sotherby’s Bear Witness sale.
‘A piece which talks about pride, missed opportunities and death’
According to Cattelan the piece is something that talks a little bit about things like pride, missed opportunities and even death. The artist is internationally known for his somewhat satirical work such as a sculpture depicting Pope John Paul II being hit by a meteorite.
The granite sculpture starts of with England’s first notable defeat to Scotland in Glasgow (2-1) in 1874 and goes all the way to the 1998 World Cup defeat in against Romania (2-1).
Somewhere in the middle of the black stone we can even find the infamous 2-1 loss to Argentina in 1986, which became somewhat legendary after Diego Maradona’s “Hand of God” goal.