February 12th, 2014

One of the most unusual auctions of a single collection ever to take place, with lots that include a toffee tin, cans of coke, novelty cocktail shakers and an 8ft feathered polar bear, is to be staged at Sotheby’s in London next month.

The unifying theme is the anonymous seller’s adoration for everything to do with bears and skulls. For decades say Sotheby’s the seller voraciously collected items with a bears or skulls connection – whether that be 16th century funerary monuments or 20th century arcade games. If that were not enough, the seller also has about £25m worth of contemporary art including works by Warhol, Rothko, Tracey Emin and the Chapman Brothers, which will also be auctioned alongside the diverse array of bears and skull-themed items.

Alex Branczik, in charge of the contemporary art side of the sale, said the auction would be “a carnivalesque experience”, taking place over several days in March at Sotheby’s London headquarters.

Writes Mark Brown in The Guardian

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