Tracey Emin neon sign surprises at $88,500 in charity auction


2015-06-26 13:12:39


Tracey Emin neon sign surprises at $88,500 in charity auction

Tracey Emin's custom neon sign upped the ante to support an HIV charity

A Tracey Emin neon sign has sold for 58,000 ($88,321) at the HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust's 30th Anniversary auction, held March 21 at Christie's London.

Tracy Emin neon signEmin's neon signs are some of her best-selling works, with this example making 46,850 ($73,133) at Christie's in 2012

The artist had originally donated one of her canvas paintings to the sale, which made 8,000 ($12,169).

However, as bidding closed on this lot, she surprised the crowd by jumping on the stage and offering the chance to own one of her neon signs, which will be made in the buyer's colour of choice and read, "now love is for you".

In total, the sale raised 375,000 ($571,043). Those who still want to donate to the cause cando soin the charity's silent auction, whcih acceptsbids by text message, until March 27.

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