Turns Out Jeff Koons Doesn’t Own Balloon Dogs

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Here’s a shocker: Remember how Jeff Koons decided to sue the manufacturer of and a store that sells balloon-dog bookends? Well, the parties resolved their legal kerfuffle yesterday. The artist dropped his charges against the shop after its owner, Jamie Alexander, agreed that he would never use Koons’s name to advertise the product — which was totally fine, since he hadn’t even done that in the first place. “This is a victory for the little guy standing up to a bully. Also, it’s about the absurdity of the art world,” said Alexander, who says the bookends have been selling like hotcakes ever since the press got wind of the lawsuit. Reached for comment, children’s birthday clowns gave Flavorpill a big thumbs up and a coy wink.