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“Does the Queen own jeans?”

Fans of thought-provoking art should get ready to bid as an exclusive auction of artwork by contemporary British artist Hayden Kays is currently live on the UK’s fastest growing online auction house, Catawiki. Curated by Kays himself, the auction features 20 prints and originals by the London-based artist. Characterised by bold imagery, Kays work often draws from popular culture and art history, featuring acerbic word-play, traditional craftsmanship and deadpan humour. The auction includes an original piece entitled ‘Will Things Ever Be The Same Again?’, a colorful self-portrait that comes with a hand written and illustrated Certificate of Authenticity. Prints include an artist proof of ‘Jeans Reunited,’ which features an image of the Queen in her royal regalia with the question, “Does the Queen own jeans?” stamped across it. Kays’ challenging artwork has gained him many celebrity fans including Jude Law, Coldplay frontman, Chris Martin and One Direction’s Harry Styles, who has previously spent over £20,000 on Kays’ works and reportedly bought a piece as a Valentine’s Day present for Caroline Flack when they dated back in 2012. Kays’ work has also caught the eye of his contemporaries, including legendary street artist Banksy and contemporary art bad boy Jake Chapman who comments, “Acerbic, witty, shallow and subversive, attention seeking, quite brilliant, money grabbing shit...I have a growing collection of Hayden Kays work.” Catawiki’s specialist art auctioneer Anthony Chrisp comments, “Kays is one of the most provocative artists of his generation, enjoying both critical and commercial success. We’re proud to announce him as a guest auctioneer on Catawiki for his latest sale, opening the doors not just for celebrities and art lovers to buy his work but the wider public too. “Too often, modern art is reserved for elite bidders via exclusive sale rooms and we want to challenge that model with a new, accessible approach.” With more than 25,000 special objects available to buy at any one time, Catawiki offers something interesting for everyone. Weekly auctions take place across more than 80 categories, from modern art to wine, to classic cars, watches and jewellery, all curated by specialists in their field. The Hayden Keys exhibition is now live on Catawiki and will run until the 27th December. Find out more at http://auction.catawiki.com/hayden-kays-art-auction

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