One of Rodin's Thinkers sets record at auction

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The Thinker, the most famous work of Auguste Rodin, is on display at the Sabanci Museum in Istanbul June 12, 2006. REUTERS/Fatih Saribas

The Thinker, the most famous work of Auguste Rodin, is on display at the Sabanci Museum in Istanbul June 12, 2006.

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PARIS (Reuters) - One of the Thinker sculptures by French master Auguste Rodin was sold at auction for more than 3 million euros ($4.2 million) in Paris, auctioneers Drouot said Thursday.

The bronze, just 72.5 cm (28.5 inches) high, set a record for any of the Thinkers, a series of 21 sculptures made by Rodin in the late 19th century and early 20th century.

One of the most famous sculptures in the world, the Thinker represents a naked man sitting on a rock looking downwards, with his elbow on his knee and his chin resting on his hand.

Originally designed to be part of Rodin's monumental Gates of Hell, inspired by the works of Italian poet and philosopher Dante, the Thinker took on a new meaning as a symbol of Socialism during a French political crisis in 1906.

(Reporting by Estelle Shirbon)

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