02: Fidel Castro personally owned and commissioned statue by Tony Lopez

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A statue commissioned by Fidel Castro, created by Cuban artist Tony Lopez.

Thought to be the only known statue of Fidel Castro that was personally owned by the Cuban leader.

Signed by Castro on the base in January 1959, the month he gained control of Cuba. 

8 x 4.5 inches. 


In 1958, anticipating that victory in the revolution was near, Castro commissioned a small victory statue of his image in white clay from celebrated Cuban artist Tony Lopez.

Castro signed the base and added the date: "Enero [January] 1959". This places the inscription to the very month Castro entered Havana and seized control of Cuba. 

Lopez has also signed the bust.

The statue features a badge of the 26th of July Movement and the words FIDEL CASTRO at the foot.

The statue was discovered at the home Castro shared with Natty Revuelta Clews, following her death in 2015.

The statue was subsequently sold to a friend. The new owner painted the statue gold and cleaned the base.

It was recently purchased by the present owner.

A second Tony Lopez statue of Castro, produced in 1959, went with the artist when he fled to Miami the same year. Its whereabouts are unknown.

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