Tracey Emin Bed Sells for Millions

tracey emin dirty bed for auction

The dirty, unmade bed with yellowing sheets by British artist Tracey Emin has sold for £2,546,500 or $4,351,969 USD (including buyer’s premium) at a Christie’s auction in London. I already had my fun with the Emin bed last month, so I’ll keep it short. My Bed, the iconic, controversial work from 1998 more than doubled the auction estimate by Christie’s, but I’m not surprised at all. I thought it could have made much more than it did.Continue Reading

Auction of Weird at Christie’s London

christie's out of the ordinary auction

Christie’s South Kensington in London will hold an auction of weird and wonderful things on the 5th of September. Out of the Ordinary is a one off auction with lots that include everything from Napoleon death masks and a piece of Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding cake, through to pinball machines and cave bear skeletons. Continue Reading

Jeff Koons has more than 120 Assistants

The 20 year old me would have been horrified at hearing that an artist has 120+ assistants. (Thirteen years ago I also thought money was evil, politicians were looking after us, life was endless, and people were good.) But now I think it’s absolutely amazing that one artist could sell enough work to support 120+ workers. The purist in me still wants to rant but I just don’t go there anymore.Continue Reading

Banksy – One Nation Under CCTV

“One Nation Under CCTV” is painted on a wall in central London, which seems to be the CCTV camera capital of the world. It shows a young boy up a ladder painting the words, with a security guard and a dog on the ground watching him. To the right of the painting is an actual CCTV camera.Continue Reading

Urban Art Auction

Bonhams seems to have created a whole new genre of art auction after the success of their first “Urban Art” auction in London recently. It featured street, graffiti and urban art from artists like Banksy, Keith Haring, Antony Micallef, Adam Neate, Faile, Paul Insect, Space Invader, Swoon, D*Face and Jamie Hewlett.

Gareth Williams of Bonhams says “Urban art is art at its most accessible, available in the public arena for universal appreciation. However, by definition it is also an ephemeral art form, often disappearing as fast as it appears. By transposing their images from street wall to canvas, urban artists are now creating a permanent legacy without compromising the vitality of their art form and it is these works which are currently taking the market by storm.”Continue Reading

Banksy at Auction

I have spent hours browsing through auction catalogues online today. I spend hours every month going through them, like I’m a billionaire art collector looking for prey, yet I have never spent more than $1,000 on a painting!

It’s almost like an addiction, but it’s free, it doesn’t affect my health, and I love doing it, so I can’t complain. Impressionists, modern art, contemporary art, and Australian art are my favorite art auctions to browse, but I have also found myself looking at anything from fine wine through to exclusive real estate auctions (I’m a dreamer).Continue Reading

Tate’s Crack – People are Stupid!

Either people are on crack while visiting Doris’s crack at the Tate Modern in London or they are just downright stupid. How could 15 people hurt themselves in the first four weeks of the “Shibboleth” installation by Colombian artist Doris Salcedo?

I mentioned a story a couple of weeks ago where the first few idiots fell into the Tate Crack, but that figure has been rising each week.Continue Reading

Portraits of London – Alexander Selivanov

The Russian born artist Alexander Selivanov will be exhibiting at the Rainbird art gallery in London from the 1st of February. The exhibition is called “Portraits of London” and is also showing works by Sophie Ahmad and Tom Young.Continue Reading