Contemporary Art Evening Auction
Live Auction: 14 October 2021 • 6:00 PM BST • London

Contemporary Art Evening Auction 14 October 2021 • 6:00 PM BST • London

T aking place live in London on 14 October, Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale will coincide with the world-renowned Frieze and Frieze Masters art fairs, drawing leading collectors and buyers to London once more. Our most dynamic annual sale in the auction calendar will present a diverse selection of works by some of the most exciting, emerging artists working today, alongside established masters of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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The sale will be headlined by Banksy’s iconic Love is in the Bin: the most famous artwork of the 21st century. The work returns to Sotheby’s saleroom three years after it partially shredded before a live auction audience in 2018. This radical prank transformed Banksy’s market, captured the attention of the world’s media, and lodged this work firmly within the global cultural consciousness. Three years after its unconventional creation, Love is in the Bin can be viewed as the foremost work in a long tradition of iconoclasm in the Western Canon, from Robert Rauschenberg’s Erased de Kooning (1953) to Ai Weiwei’s performance piece Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn (1995). It is a paradigmatic work: a relic of Banksy’s guerrilla approach to art-making; a readymade fit for the Contemporary era; the icon of a hugely significant moment within the history of art and auctions.

Banksy, Love is in the Bin, 2018.

Our sale is currently open for consignments, for all enquiries please email

Banksy on View

New York: 25–29 September
Monday–Friday 10am–5pm
Saturday and Sunday 1–5pm
London: 9–14 October
Monday 9am–4:30pm
Tuesday 9am–3pm
Wednesday–Friday 9am–4:30pm
Saturday and Sunday 12–5pm
Milan: 28 September
Tuesday 12pm–6pm
By appointment only

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