Tracy Emin's famous unmade bed now for sale
For an estimated price between £800,000 and £1.2 million
One of the most celebrated art works made by a British artist in modern times is set to be sold at auction this summer, when Christie's offers Tracey Emin's My Bed from Charles Saatchi's collection to the highest bidder. Along with Damien Hirst's famous shark, Tracey Emin's bed is seen as a seminal piece of art in today's world of boundary-breaking pieces.
Emin's dealer, David Maupin, who sold the bed to Saatchi (its current owner), said he thinks the estimate of £800,000 to £1.2 million is too low for such a significant installation. "It's historic," he said. "It's actually priceless."
Made in her council flat in Waterloo in 1998, the artwork features Emin's own unmade dirty bed with stained undergarments, empty bottles, and cigarette butts dotted throughout. Since the 1999 Turner prize — which she lost to another young Londoner, Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen — her work has generated a variety of different opinions, but becoming regarded as one of the premier artists of her generation.
Proceeds from the controversial My Bed will go to support the Saatchi Gallery's policy of free entry to free exhibitions and free education programmes for schools, something that the artist says she feels good about.