Artist Tracey Emin has sold her bed -- and the disheveled sheets, empty vodka bottles, cigarette butts and discarded condoms were part of the lucrative deal.
Artist Tracey Emin has sold her bed — and the disheveled sheets, empty vodka bottles, cigarette butts and discarded condoms were part of the lucrative deal.
Emin’s artwork “My Bed” sold for 2.54 million pounds ($4.4 million) at a London auction Tuesday, more than double the pre-sale estimate and four times the previous record for the artist.
Emin, who has mined her tumultuous personal life for some of her best-known works, attended the auction and grinned when the hammer came down.
The work was sold by collector Charles Saatchi, an early supporter of Emin and other modern British artists.
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Christie’s auction house did not identify the buyer. But its head of contemporary art, Francis Outred, hinted it was an institution, saying the bed would end up “somewhere important.”