This unmade bed will probably go for £1 million at auction

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LONDON - UK artist Tracey Emin’s unmade bed artfully littered with condoms, cigarette packs and underwear is expected to fetch around £1 million (S$2.1 million) at auction.

The work, called simply My Bed, cemented Emin’s notoriety when it was shortlisted for the 1999 Turner Prize, although the British artist eventually lost out to future Oscar winner Steve McQueen, who directed 12 Years a Slave.

The bed was later bought by wealthy art dealer Charles Saatchi, who is selling it at Christie’s auction house in London on July 1.

It has been priced at between £800,000 and £1.2 million. All proceeds from the sale will help subsidise free entry at the Saatchi Gallery in London and its free education programme for schools.

Emin was a leading light of the group dubbed the Young British Artists, along with Damien Hirst and Sarah Lucas. 

Source: AFP