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Tracey Emin's bed to go under the hammer

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May 27, 2014 | 4:23am EDT

Tracey Emin's iconic messy bed art installation is expected to fetch as much as $1.9 million (£1.2 million) when it goes under the hammer this summer (14). The controversial artwork, a replica of the bed where Emin reportedly spent a week after a bad break-up, launched her career and caused uproar when it was named as a contender for the 1999 Turner Prize. Emin was beaten to Britain's top art award by filmmaker Steve McQueen. The installation, which features a soiled bed sheet, vodka bottles and cigarette butts, was bought by art collector Charles Saatchi for $240,000 (£150,000) in 2000, and is now set to go on sale at Christie's Auction house in London among with other pieces from his collection. The piece is expecting to fetch between $1.3 million (£800,000) and $1.9 million (£1.2 million).

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