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Sotheby's (RED) Auction

Banksy’s Keep It Spotless (Defaced Hirst) (2007)

Est. $250,000–$350,000

Banksy’s riff on Hirst’s now-ubiquitous “Pharmaceutical” paintings (one of three pieces by the notoriously reclusive street artist up for grabs in this sale and perhaps the most buzzed-about work on the block) could break his $635,000 auction record, set last October.

Courtesy: Damien Hirst. Image taken by Sotheby's.

Yinka Shonibare’s Un Ballo in Maschera (Courtiers VI) (2004)

Est. $100,000–$150,000

London-born and -bred Yinka Shonibare’s aesthetic harkens back to the theatrical tradition his hometown is known for. Plus, this royally dressed trio serves as an apt preview to his solo show opening next month at Chelsea’s James Cohan Gallery.

Courtesy: Yinka Shonibare, MBE and Stephen Friedman Gallery (London) / James Cohan Gallery (New York)

Sam Taylor-Wood’s After Van Halen (2007)

Est. $100,000–$150,000

Brit-born video artist Sam Taylor-Wood showed this work in last summer’s Venice Biennale. The four-minute video of a ballet dancer suspended in air (sold as an authenticated archival DVD) appears still at first, though his slight, periodic sway reveals the cinematic medium.

© Sam Taylor-Wood. Courtesy: Jay Jopling/ White Cube (London)

Matthew Barney’s New Sun (2007)

Est. $70,000–$90,000

Matthew Barney’s pearl-spewing diver is just the sort of surreal rendition (presented in a “self-lubricating plastic frame,” no less) we’d expect from the Cremaster auteur and Björk main squeeze.

© Matthew Barney 2007. Courtesy: Gladstone Gallery, New York

Fred Tomaselli’s Red Bird (2007)

Est. $70,000–$90,000

Brooklyn-based Tomaselli brings this labor-intensive, ray-emitting bird to the table—one of the prettiest works on the block.

Courtesy: Fred Tomaselli and James Cohan Gallery, NY.

Chuck Close’s Kate #2 (2005)

Est. $20,000–$30,000

A bit more flattering than Moss’s tabloid photos to date (no drugs, not to mention an ethereal, glowing effect), Close's submission is a relatively low-estimate print from one of New York’s heavy-hitting artists.

Courtesy: Chuck Close

Cecily Brown’s Untitled #23 (2007)

Est. $40,000–$60,000

One of a handful of abstract works in this sale, British artist Cecily Brown’s take on Valentine’s Day chaos. Heartbreak and reconciliation, perhaps?

© Cecily Brown. Courtesy: Gagosian Gallery. Image by Rob McKeever.

Anish Kapoor’s Red Homeland (2007)

Est. $40,000–$60,000,

The Indian-born Turner Prize winner’s contribution to the Valentine’s Day sale, a transparency embedded within a light box, is a bit more Communist/bloodbath than candy hearts/“yours truly,” but edge is good.

Courtesy: Anish Kapoor

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