Fans of thought-provoking art should get ready to bid as an auction of exclusive artwork by contemporary British artist, Imbue is currently live on Europe’s fastest growing online auction house, Catawiki. Curated by Imbue himself, the auction features 22 exclusive pieces and original artworks, some of which have not yet been seen before. Stimulating and suggestive in style, Imbue’s bold approach to art has seen him dubbed the ‘Banksy of Brighton’ and some of his boundary-pushing stunts, such as the ‘Drug Vending Machine’, have made him one of the most talked about names on the contemporary art scene. Some of the pieces in the auction satirise mass culture and explore challenging themes such as religion, drugs and consumerism. The auction also includes one of Imbue’s most iconic pieces, the infamous ‘Drug Lord Cross’. The controversial sculpture features a crucifix filled with drugs, raising questions over faith and morality in today’s society. Also up for auction is arguably one of Imbue’s most daring works, the aptly titled ‘Holy Fuck,’ which sees a crucifix shaped sculpture, this time filled with condoms. Also featuring in the auction, and exclusive to Catawiki, are two signed and marked prints of Imbue’s ‘Virgin’, featuring an image of the Virgin Mary donning suspenders under her iconic blue and white robe. Other exclusive prints include ‘Barbie Rip Off’ - a provocative image of the iconic Barbie doll that questions the notions of traditional femininity and consumerism. Anthony Chrisp, Catawiki’s specialist contemporary art auctioneer comments, “Imbue is one of the most exciting artists on the contemporary art scene, pushing the boundaries and satirising mass culture in a unique way. This auction has some very exciting pieces, many exclusive to Catawiki, and we’ve already seen it get a lot of attention from bidders and expect this interest to continue.” The auction will run until the 3rd of April 2016 at: http://auction.catawiki.co.uk/imbue-art-auction
What is CatawikiFounded in 2008, Catawiki was originally designed as a website where collectors could manage their collections online. In 2011, Catawiki started hosting weekly online auctions in various categories including art, antiques, classic cars, watches, jewellery, fashion, comics and stamps. Most objects on Catawiki have a fascinating story and you won't be able to find them in an average store. Before being auctioned, each object is screened by our extensive team of experts. They help guarantee a varied and high quality selection of lots in our auctions. Nowadays, for millions of people around the world, Catawiki is the place to go for buying and selling special objects. Catawiki has offices in the Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Belgium and Sweden among others. In 2015 Catawiki received an investment of €75 million and won the award for being the fastest growing company in Europe.
Our BeliefsWe strongly believe that everyone should be able to buy and sell special objects every day in an exciting, easy and secure manner. That is why we are constantly working to make the Catawiki experience as special as the objects themselves.
Special ObjectsOn Catawiki everyone can find something to suit his or her interests. Every week tens of thousands of fascinating objects are available in our auctions. A few examples of objects that have been auctioned on Catawiki in the past include: a complete mammoth skeleton, the most expensive LEGO brick in the world, the pope's hat, a meteorite from Mars, Napoleon's hair, the oldest condom in the world and Muhammad Ali's boxing gloves.
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