England’s 124 year history of footballing failures is being sold for £425,000

By on Mar 26, 2015 in Artists

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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.

Another piece of art by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan

Another piece of art by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan

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.