Sotheby’s And Coco de Mer Celebrate Erotica with A Special Auction – Passion & Desire from Antiquity to Present Day


Dear Shaded Viewers,

For the second year running, Coco de Mer is collaborating with Sotheby’s on their Erotic: Passion & Desire Auction on 15th February 2018 Coco de Mer introduces artist and fashion photographer Rankin, who is synonymous with portraiture, fashion and the depiction of popular culture: he is widely held to be one of the most renowned fashion and portrait photographers in the world. He’s particularly well known for his work on the human form and three of his evocative portraits will appear in the auctions. These are: And God Created Eva II, 2003Pin Me Up, 2012 and Stefani Reclining, 2016Luxury lingerie fashion house Coco de Mer is co-hosting the exclusive Private View at Sotheby’s galleries on 14th February in addition to creating a short film, shot by Rankin, to showcase the Sale artworks in a unique and compelling way.

Artists throughout history have been drawn to the human form. In the second edition of Sotheby’s Erotic: Passion & Desire sale, Pre-Columbian sculpture will be paired with Picasso works on paper; masters of photography from Man Ray to Rankin will be set against 19th century marbles and antique reliefs; Gustav Klimt’s sensual eroticism will jostle with Keith Vaughn’s unrestricted erotic fantasies; each work charting the history of the subject from antiquity to modern day.

The exhibition in Sotheby’s New Bond Street galleries, on public view from 7 – 15 February, takes viewers on an art historical journey.  Comprising 90 lots from Man Ray to Joè Descamps, Robert Mapplethorpe to Tracy Emin and many others with a combined pre-sale low estimate of £3.8 million, this year’s auction will be accompanied by an online sale, presenting an  even wider range across continents and centuries. Erotic Art Online will be open for bidding from 2 – 16 February and includes prints, photographs, paintings, sculpture, drawings, Asian works of art and film posters.

In addition to some of Rankin’s works featuring in the auction, Rankin will also partake in an in conversation with Brandei Estes, Head of Photographs at Sotheby’s  about the highlights of his career on the 11th February at Sotheby’s London – 15.45pm to 16.30.

Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.