$2.3 million painting made of elephant poop

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Painting Made Of Elephant Dung Could Fetch $2.3M

BY WGN WEB DESK
An unusual painting is expected to fetch more than $2.3 million when it goes up for auction this month.

"The Holy Virgin Mary" was painted in 1996 with lacquered elephant dung. It was first displayed in 1999 at a museum in Brooklyn.

The artist, Chris Ofili, says he takes pride that the materials he used, came "from the earth."

It goes up for sale June 30th at Christie's.

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$2.3 million painting made of elephant poop
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Artist Chris Ofili's controversial work The Holy Virgin Mary is seen in the Brooklyn Museum of Art as part of the Sensation exhibit in New York 30 September 1999. The work shows an African Virgin Mary covered with elephant dung. A plastic guard has been put in front of the work to protect it. Museum director Arnold Lehman said they were worried about the work's safety. AFP PHOTO/Doug KANTER (Photo credit should read DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - MAY 08: Chris Ofili paintings at The Corderie space at the Arsenale at the 56 Venice Biennale Art on May 8, 2015 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Awakening/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - MAY 08: Chris Ofili paintings at The Corderie space at the Arsenale at the 56 Venice Biennale Art on May 8, 2015 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Awakening/Getty Images)
An employee walks past a painting by British artist Chris Ofili entitled 'Afro Red Web' at Christies auction house in central London on June 24, 2011. Due to be sold at the Post War and Contemporary Art auction on June 28 it is expected to fetch between 900,000-1,200,000GBP (1,400,000-1,900,000USD - 1,000,000-1,400,000EUR). AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman looks at 'Forewood' a painting by English artist Chris Ofili at the Great Britain Pavillon during the 5Oth Biennale of Art in Venice, 14 June 2003. AFP PHOTO GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON - OCTOBER 01: Artwork by 1998 Turner Prize winners Chris Ofili is displayed at the Turner Prize Retrospective exhibition at the Tate Britain on October 1, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Rosie Greenway/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 25: Visitors view paintings by artist Chris Ofili entitled 'Death & the Roses' (right) and 'The Healer' exhibited in the Tate Britain gallery on January 25, 2010 in London, England. The most comprehensive exhibition of Chris Ofili's work to date, featuring over 40 paintings as well as pencil drawings and watercolours, is to go on display at the Tate Britain from January 27, 2010. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
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