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Artist Tracey Emin's unmade bed sells for $4.7 million

Published on Jul 2, 2014 6:28 AM
 
In this file picture taken on June 27, 2014, British artist Tracey Emin sits on her iconic art installation, "My Bed" during a press preview at Christie's auction house. British artist Tracey Emin's controversial 'My Bed' sold for 2.2 million pounds (S$4.7 million), almost double its guide price, at an auction in London on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - British artist Tracey Emin's controversial 'My Bed' sold for 2.2 million pounds (S$4.7 million), almost double its guide price, at an auction in London on Tuesday.

The work, a rumpled bed surrounded by the intimate debris of empty bottles of vodka, cigarette packets and condoms, attracted controversy when it was shortlisted for the 1999 Turner Prize, prompting a debate about the state of contemporary art.

Among the most well-known pieces produced by the Young British Artists generation of Damien Hirst and Sarah Lucas that came to prominence in the 1990s, the installation had been priced at between 800,000 pounds and 1.2 million pounds ahead of the sale at Christie's auction house.

It was bought by wealthy art dealer Charles Saatchi for a reported 150,000 pounds in 2000.

 
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