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Artist Tracey Emin whoops as her "My Bed" fetches over $4 million
reuters.com ^ | 7/2/2014 | Sarah Young

Posted on 07/03/2014 4:07:57 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana

Edited on 07/03/2014 6:53:54 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]



(Reuters) - Tracey Emin's "My Bed," complete with cigarette butts, crumpled sheets and underwear, sold for 2.5 million pounds ($4.25 million) on Tuesday, a record for the artist, who was present at the auction and applauded and whooped delightedly.

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The auction house said it was very rare for an artist to attend an auction, and it demonstrated the connection Emin felt to the highly personal work.

The price reached for Emin's work, described by the auction house as an iconic piece of 1990s British art, quadrupled her previous sale price record, but Christie's said the market was not overheating.

"There is a very discerning element to this market. It's not a frothy market. People are really making distinct choices. Its a very subjective response to works," Brett Gorvy, Christie's international head of post-war and contemporary art, said after the sale.

A painting by Peter Doig, the huge oil "Gasthof," sold for 9.9 million pounds, beating the estimated price of 3 million to 5 million pounds, and beating a record set the previous day for one of the Scottish artist's works.

Around 190 bidders from 28 countries took part in the auction, Christie's said, with interest from Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia.

[ . . . ]

All the buyers from the auction chose to remain anonymous, meaning Emin will have to wait to find out whether her Turner short-listed work will end up in a museum, a wish she expressed the week before.

"My Bed," auctioned for the first time, was sold by the Saatchi Gallery Collection.



TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Chit/Chat; Humor
KEYWORDS: art; bed
The proud owner had the art placed in his home, and went out to celebrate. When he came home, he found that the maid had fixed up the area.
1 posted on 07/03/2014 4:07:57 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana
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To: Dr. Sivana

Apparently, the sale of ‘this’ gives unquestioned credence to the belief that money does not necessarily translate into sense.


2 posted on 07/03/2014 4:11:17 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer

Idiocy on high parade.


3 posted on 07/03/2014 4:14:58 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: SampleMan

“Fool and his money.....” comes to mind.


4 posted on 07/03/2014 4:18:33 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Dr. Sivana
“Artist Tracey Emin whoops as her “My Bed” fetches over $4 million”

There is something else going on here. No one in their right mind would pay over $4 million for that. No intelligent person would even consider it a work of art.
My guess is some kind of fraud or some other other dishonest activity.

Or maybe she just has really rich relatives.

5 posted on 07/03/2014 4:18:47 AM PDT by detective
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To: Dr. Sivana

Just another day of laundering money, nothing new here.


6 posted on 07/03/2014 4:25:24 AM PDT by Mobilemitter (We must learn to fin >-)> for ourselves.........)
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To: Ann Archy

...or “one is born every minute”. -P.T. Barnum


7 posted on 07/03/2014 4:26:06 AM PDT by paladinan (Rule #1: There is a God. Rule #2: It isn't you.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

I just don’t understand.


8 posted on 07/03/2014 4:27:25 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: Altura Ct.

Well, it might be kinda of cool if Tracey just stays with the bed, snarling at anyone who approaches, as she is in the picture.


9 posted on 07/03/2014 4:32:14 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("If you're litigating against nuns, you've probably done something wrong."-Ted Cruz)
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To: Dr. Sivana

Modern art scene = drug money laundrying


10 posted on 07/03/2014 4:41:52 AM PDT by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: Dr. Sivana

kinda looks like my bed, if you take away the cigarette butts... shoot—i’ll part with mine for 1 million dollars...


11 posted on 07/03/2014 4:46:35 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: Dr. Sivana

This week’s sign that the Apocalypse is indeed upon us..


12 posted on 07/03/2014 5:10:26 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: Dr. Sivana

1 million dollars! Any takers?

13 posted on 07/03/2014 5:30:18 AM PDT by lowbridge
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To: Dr. Sivana
Looking forward to the sequel, "My Laundry Basket".


14 posted on 07/03/2014 5:30:51 AM PDT by runfree
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To: latina4dubya

You may have to pose with it and have a scowl on your face.


15 posted on 07/03/2014 6:51:03 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Dr. Sivana
What am I missing here? Do you think I can sell MrD’s chair with all his surrounding stuff?
16 posted on 07/03/2014 7:02:06 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter

Saw pictures of her. She was definitely rode hard and hung up wet.


17 posted on 07/03/2014 7:17:30 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Once a politician has determined to do anything to keep his seat, he no longer deserves it.)
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To: Ditter

You’re not missing a thing. The people who pay a million bucks for dirty sheets in order to consider themselves sophisticated... they’re the ones missing things. Namely brain cells.


18 posted on 07/03/2014 7:23:26 AM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is PUBLIC ENEMY #1)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
I know how stuff like the filthy bed being called art happens , I have seen it for myself.

I went to Glassel Art School in Houston a few years ago. Someone got the bright idea to take their grandfathers old messy garage, paint everything in it bright red and re assemble it at Glassel.

There were a few other things like that that were touted as “art”.

I think that is when I decided it was time for me to move on and just paint the way I wanted to and I am still doing it.

19 posted on 07/03/2014 7:29:21 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Gaffer

I’ve got one of those for sale sans cigarette butts but with a Chuhuahua under the sheets. I’ll take $100,000 including the Chuhuahua. :-)


20 posted on 07/03/2014 9:00:28 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

Yes, but can you prove it was ART when you made it? That’s the whole difference I think. :o)


21 posted on 07/03/2014 9:02:15 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Dr. Sivana

Wow, my step daughter’s room must be worth a lot...


22 posted on 07/05/2014 7:56:21 PM PDT by Aut Pax Aut Bellum (We really elected a guy named Hussain?)
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