[ 2006-08-31 15:29 ]
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have yet to show their baby daughter
off in public, but eager fans have been given an unusual preview
overnight, with the chance to see a bronze cast depicting her first solid
The scatological sculpture is purportedly cast
from 19-week old Suri's first bowel movement and will be shown at the
Capla Kesting gallery in Brooklyn, New York, before being auctioned off
The artist behind the work, Daniel Edwards, previously courted
controversy with a life-size nude sculpture of pop star Britney Spears
giving birth on a bearskin rug. That work was shown at the same gallery in
"A bronzed cast of a baby's first
poop can be a meaningful memento for the family," gallery
director David Kesting said, adding that he hoped the work would attract
bids of up to $US50,000 ($65,000).
The sculpture, which sits on a wooden mounting with a glass casing, is
to be sold on eBay next month with proceeds from the sale going to infant
health charity March Of Dimes.
As of Wednesday it had attracted a top bid of $US41 ($54).
Cruise and Holmes announced Suri's birth in April. The entertainment
press, which dubbed the pair "TomKat," has shown a seemingly insatiable
appetite for news of the pair and their "TomKitten."
A spokeman for the couple was not immediately available Wednesday to
comment on the
wooden mounting :