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Wynn plans to move $28 million Popeye statue from Las Vegas to Boston

Wynn plans to move $28 million Popeye statue from Las Vegas to Boston
Jeff Koons' statue of Popeye has been on display since July at the Esplanade at Wynn Las Vegas. (Wynn Las Vegas)

In a few years, a piece of pop culture will say bye-bye Las Vegas and hello Boston.

The statue of Popeye by artist Jeff Koons will move from its current spot at the Esplanade at Wynn Las Vegas to a planned hotel-casino in Everett, Mass., outside Boston.

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Wynn's East Coast casino designs are still in the works, the Boston Globe reports. But when the new resort opens in 2017, Popeye will be the kitschy lobby greeter.

The neon-bright sculpture stands 6 feet, 5 inches tall and bears Koons' bubble-pop style (think of his Balloon Dog). When the statue leaves Las Vegas, it's going to take a few Popeyes to move the 2,000-pound artwork made from mirror-polished stainless steel.

Wynn bought the the statue at auction last May for $28 million, and it went on display at the resort in July. It's one of three versions Koons created of the cartoon "sailor man" character with his trademark can of spinach.

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In the run-up to the auction, an art expert at Sotheby's called it "one of the great sculptures that nobody knows."

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