Art buyers thinking outside the box
What do you see in the image to the left? It appears to be an average cardboard box, the kind used for shipping and storage. But look again -- it's actually a prized work of art that it is currently valued at as much as $30,000.
Gavin Turk's "Brillo 5" (2003) is a bronze sculpture painted to look like a cardboard box. The work, which is less than 2 feet tall, goes on sale Sept. 23 at Christie's in New York as part of a postwar and contemporary art auction, according to Art Daily.
Turk belongs to an informal cohort known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists. The group includes such not-so-young-anymore provocateurs as Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas and Mark Wallinger.
According to Christie's, "Brillo 5" has an estimated value of $20,000 to $30,000. The words "Gavin Turk 2003 Brillo 5" can be found on the underside of the sculpture.
A report in the New York Post said that the auction will also include the sale of a discarded shutter by New York conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner. The artist found the shutter in 1961 among trash on Canal Street.
The auction will also feature work by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Gerhard Richter, John Baldessari, Sol LeWitt, Andy Warhol and other contemporary luminaries.
Christie's hasn't said whether it will deliver "Brillo 5" to its new owner in a box or what the shipping charges will be.
-- David Ng
Photo: "Brillo 5." Credit: Christie's