As part of Christie’s London’s 11 February Contemporary Art sale, Charles Saatchi is to sell the installation Exorcism of the Last Painting I Ever Made.
The work has an estimate of between £600,000 and £800,000, a significant increase on the £108,250 which Saatchi paid for it in 2001. The installation was created in 2006, when Emin lived in a gallery for 14 days with nothing but blank canvases and materials, resulting in the creation of 97 autobiographical pieces. Visitors to the gallery were able to watch Emin through lenses in the gallery walls. The work consists of the entire contents of the room, including 12 large-scale acrylic-on-canvas paintings. “By the time she’d got to the end of the three weeks, she loved everything that she’d made – she just had to keep it. It became a cherished part of her practice and her history,” Katharine Arnold, the head of the contemporary art evening sale, told The Guardian.