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Top-News  |  22. February 2017

SEX SELLS AT SOTHEBY'S

Gunter Sachs, Ascot, 1995, Copyright Sotheby's

Egon Schiele, Akt (Nude), 1917, Copyright Sotheby's

Pavel Tchelitchew, Bathers, Copyright Sotheby's

Erotica: Passion & Desire

For the first time since 1744, the auction house Sotheby's featured only erotic artworks. The sale on February 16 brought a total of £5,297,000, exceeding the combined pre-sale estimate of £3.1–4.6 million.

Featuring over 100 lots of fine art, photography, sculpture and design, the auction saw almost half of the works sold achieve prices above the high estimate.

The sale was led by two sculptural masterpieces - Jacques Loysel’s 'La Grande Névrose' and a rare surviving work by Sarah Bernhardt, both of which established auction records.

Further highlights included works on paper by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, who forged a new path in fearless depictions of the naked figure.

Schiele’s 'Akt (Nude)', a prime example of the artist’s late work, fetched £224,750. The second-highest price achieved overall was for Pavel Tchelitchew’s 'Bathers', which fetched £368,750.

Across the centuries, art has always been intrinsically linked to expressions of passion and sensuality. 'Erotic: Passion & Desire' is also the title of an accompanying exhibition inaugurated ahead of the auction at Sotheby's. 

It encompasses representations of love and sex from antiquity to the present day, exploring themes from the beauty of desire to representations of the nude, to the carnal act itself, stripped of metaphor.

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