Sotheby’s Will Hold Erotic Art Sale

Sotheby’s in London will hold an auction of naughty, vintage erotic art on February 16th. The sex themed art sale is called Erotic: Passion & Desire, which features “representations of love and sex from antiquity to the present day. The varied works range from 19th century furniture to fine art, photography to contemporary sculpture.”
It’s interesting to note the “male gaze” in the art created by men, including Picasso, and the LGBT perspective of gay artists such as Robert Mapplethorpe, who was ahead of his time and is now highly collected.

Bow and Arrow’ (Lisa Lyon), 1981.
Estimate £6,000–8,000.

Bow and Arrow by Robert Mapplethorpe, one of the great masters of art photography, is a highly stylized black and white nude that condenses Mapplethorpe’s search for aesthetic perfection.”

Clive Barker
BRITISH, B. 1940
GIRL AND HER PUSSY
signed, titled, dated 1995-96 and numbered 1/4
polished bronze
height: 22.5cm; 9in.
Conceived in 1995-96, the present work is number 1 from the edition of 4, plus 1 Artist’s Cast.
Pavel Tchelitchew, Bathers, 1938. Estimate £300,000–500,000.

Bathers depicts the Tchelitchew’s partner, the writer and publisher Charles Henri Ford – recognizable on the left wearing his incongruous pink hat – and center stage, the aggressively foreshortened figure of the New York City Ballet dancer Nicholas Magallanes. The painting once hung on the bedroom wall of one of the 20th-century’s most famous grands horizontals and a first-hand account recollects that it was occasionally hung upside down or upon the ceiling.”

Pablo Picasso, Nu couché, 1972. Estimate £60,000–80,000.

“The nude is a constant theme spanning every era and medium explored by Pablo Picasso, and this example demonstrates emblematic motifs of exaggeration of female attributes and his adoration of his numerous muses. The freedom and spontaneity of Picasso’s extraordinary drawings are testament to his natural flair as a draughtsman. This drawing was executed in 1972 when, aged 91, Picasso’s own physical stamina had inevitably waned, yet his focus on erotic subjects in his paintings and drawings only intensified.”

Marc Quinn, Maquette for Siren, 2008. Estimate £70,000–90,000.

“Marc Quinn’s depiction of supermodel Kate Moss is of the definitive contemporary Venus – the epitome of luxury and desirability elevated to the status of a goddess from antiquity. The series is one of the most recognizable examples of contemporary British sculpture, and is emblematic of the status of celebrities and supermodels. Speaking about the work, Quinn said: “It’s called Siren, because in a sense it represents everything that lures people to wreck themselves on the rocks: money, perfection, unattainable images – all these things.”

Japanese Erotic (Shunga) handscroll Edo Period, late 17th-century. Estimate £30,000–40,000.

“Free from any Christian identification of sex with sin, Japanese Shunga art was explicit about sex creating a luxurious ‘utopia of pleasure’.”

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