German artist Petrus Wandrey’s stereo system ‘Venus’s Hifi’ is a pure work of art
Greatly influenced by Pop Art, Surrealism, and the Dada movement, and fascinated by science and technology, the German artist Petrus Wandrey is renowned for proclaiming the Digitalist movement, and the work that integrates vertical and horizontal pixel sequences, along with the usage of computer junk or individually manufactured hardware as essential elements in the creative process. This techno-sculptor and designer back in 1981 created a pretty bombastic looking stereo system called ‘Venus’s Hifi’ for the 1981 Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin aka ‘Berlin Radio Show’, one of the oldest industrial exhibitions in Germany. Now, that particular stereo system including 2 large Quad ESl-63 speakers, produced by Metallgestaltung Michael Schmidt, Hamburg, is being offered on sale at the Scandinavian auctioneer site Lauritz.
Expected to fetch as much as $25,975 at the auction closing on Dec.10th, the Venus’s Hifi boasts a gilded bronze sculpture, while other of its parts are polished and painted brass, and speaker’s housings comes crafted in wood and metal, polished and painted.
Notably, this speaker system comes marked with manufacturer’s plaque, with no wiring, and is function tested.
However, there are some scratches, abrasions, and metal connectors on speakers and bottom corners are partially loosened.
The other artistic speakers which looks like sculptures more than a part of a home audio set-up includes, the world’s most expensive speakers at £3 Million by Hart Audio, 23-karat gold Buddha speakers and the AllJack Diamond Speakers made of simulated wood grain, metal accents, red leather encrusted with zirconias.
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