A copy from this edition was sold for £ 13.3M including premium by Sotheby's on February 3, 2009.
Another copy was sold for £ 7M before fees by Sotheby's on June 27, 2000. It was a star lot at Christie's on November 1, 2011 but could not reach its very expensive estimate. It comes back to Sotheby's in London on June 24, lot 14 more reasonably estimated £ 10M.
I republish below my 2011 discussion :
Original artist with an uneasy temper, Edgar Degas was one of the most innovative graphic artists of the nineteenth century. He knew that he was close to the Impressionists and appreciated their rejection of classicism. His own creative process was very complex, as shown in the example below.
In 1879, Marie draws the attention of the artist. Aged 14, this "petit rat d'Opéra" is an ungrateful teenager, far from physiological maturity, with awkward gestures, but already attracted to her future career as a dancer (which ended before it was to start when she was fired from the dance school for repeated absences).
Degas was a painter, draftsman, sculptor, photographer, printer, but his great art was oil and pastel. He used drawing and sculpture like sketches.
On his first sculpture of Marie, 74 cm high, the girl is naked. This makes sense since the artist wants to study the movements of her body. This is not enough for him. He realized another larger statue in painted wax, a little over 1 m, in the same position, with the unconventional idea to equip it with a dancing dress in cloth.
After much hesitation, Degas shows his Petite danseuse de quatorze ans at the Impressionist exhibition of 1881. After this unique event and until his death in 1917, no sculpture of the master will be exhibited.
Degas considered that his waxes were too fragile for preparing bronze casts. From 1922 to 1938, Hébrard can now publish the sculptures found in Degas's studio. By its realism that does not reject ugliness, the Petite danseuse will be considered as a key work of modern sculpture.
I invite you to watch the video shared in 2015 by Sotheby's :