How Much Would You Pay For a Dirty Bed?

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How much would you pay for a dirty bed?

If the bed once belonged to say, Zac Efron, Leonardo DiCaprio or one of the guys form the U.S. men’s soccer team, I’d fork out maybe a few Benjamins.

But millions? Only in the art world would someone pay millions for a pile of dirty sheets and other things that were meant for the trash bin.

For artist Tracey Emin, a dirty bed’s probably the best thing that ever happened to her.

On Tuesday, “My Bed,” Emin’s 1998 piece that was made shortly after a breakup, sold for a whopping $3.77 million USD at a Christie’s auction in London. This is a huge jump from early estimates that the piece, which was originally purchased by art collector Charles Saatchi for about $257,000 USD 14 years ago, was to sell for about $2 million USD.

“My Bed” consists of used sheets, used condoms, empty bottles and yes, pregnancy tests.

“It is strange because it still has that same smell that it had 16 years ago,” Emin told the BBC just before the auction. “Obviously the stains and everything else are touching me, and it’s like being touched by the ghost of yourself.”

Guess I’ll deal with my clothing purge another time. There must be some artistic value in my old Tommy Hilfiger overalls.

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