Sotheby’s heated things up with their inaugural erotic art auction Erotic: Passion & Desire. The sale brought a total of £5,297,000 ($6,612,775), exceeding the combined pre-sale estimate of £3.1 to 4.6 million.
No matter what, sex is always sure to sell.
Featuring over 100 lots of fine art, photography, sculpture and design, the auction encompassed representations of love and sex from antiquity to present day. Highlights include Marc Quinn’s golden statue of Kate Moss, Pavel Tchelitchew’s Bathers painting and Robbert Mapplethorpe’s Bow and Arrow photograph.
“Art has always existed to tell a human story, and sex has always been a part of that story—whether it is there to compel, to shock or to seduce,” Sotheby’s head of sale, Constantine Frangos, told The Creators Project. “Indeed, eroticism in art has appeared in whatever form art has taken, and our exhibition will take the viewer on a journey through the centuries.”