Wednesday, December 22, 2004

How about the Wall Street Bull as a Christmas present?

For another or yourself -- get your $5 million out now...

"The Charging Bull" - a massive bronze sculpture famously deposited outside the New York Stock Exchange before the start of business in December 1989 - is up for sale.

The only conditions are that a deep-pocketed buyer instantly must donate the 7,000-pound tourist favorite to the city. It must also be kept in Bowling Green Park, where authorities eventually transplanted the bull because it lacked a permit for Wall St.

"It ... must stay there," said sculptor Arturo Di Modica, who created the bull as a symbol of hope following the 1987 stock market crash.

"Love the bull," declared Di Modica, who delivered the piece before dawn on a flatbed truck. "Respect the bull."

And pony up for it, too. The starting price is $5 million ...

The piece has become a destination for out-of-towners, who straddle the bull and take it by the horns. "All over, they talk about 'The Charging Bull,'" Di Modica said in a telephone interview from Italy. "I created something incredible."

Even if he unloads his pet project, Di Modica said he still plans to pay weekly late-night visits to the bull. "It's my strength," he said. "It's my life." [NYDN]

It'll be $5 million more of his life after he gets your money, with The Bull staying exactly where it's been all along, nothing changed.

Whose Christmas present will this be? "Love the Bull!"