Emin's messy bed could fetch million at auction

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Associated Press

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 27 at 10:03 AM

LONDON (AP) — For sale: bed. Definitely slept in.

Adventurous art collectors have the chance to own British artist Tracey Emin's "My Bed," complete with disheveled sheets, empty vodka bottles, cigarette butts and discarded condoms.

The Turner Prize-nominated 1998 work is one of the landmarks of the Young British Artist movement that shook up the art world in the 1990s.

Emin said Friday that seeing the object that once stood in her bedroom on display at Christie's auction house was "surreal."

The bed is being sold by collector Charles Saatchi, who was instrumental in promoting the careers of Emin, Damien Hirst and other "YBAs."

It goes under the hammer at Christie's on Tuesday. It is expected to sell for between 800,000 pounds and 1.2 million pounds ($1.3 million and $2 million).

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