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6 examples of pricey, trash-based art

a dog sculpture made of toys

Photo: courtesy Robert Bradford

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Robert Bradford, 'Soft Dog'

Robert Bradford of London was gazing at a box of his kids' discarded toys when the idea came to him to use them to create a larger sculpture. Bradford says his sculptures — and the toys they're made of — represent the fads and fashions of history and the artistic nature of their unaccredited makers.

His "sniffs" — life-sized dogs — sell for about $8,000, and life-sized figurines sell for about $14,000. Bradford uses plastic clothespins, stuffed animals, figurines and just about any toy he can find to create his art.