May 13, 2021

Sotheby’s to Exhibit and Auction Mario Testino’s Personal Art Collection

ART FOR AUCTION: London’s Sotheby’s will mount an exhibition and auction of works from Mario Testino’s personal art collection in September.
“I always wanted to collect things that weren’t like me,” Testino said. “I’ve always been excited by everything that makes me look at something differently.”
The Peruvian photographer has curated a showcase of more than 300 works from his own private collection. This includes paintings, photographs, works on paper and sculptures. The starting estimates of the lots up for live auction range from 10,000 pounds for “System of Display, D” by Adam Pendleton, to 800,000 pounds for Tauba Auerbach’s “Untitled.” Also to be auctioned are works by the likes of Wolfgang Tillmans, Gilbert & George and Anselm Kiefer.
“Personal and historical memory are common conceptual motifs in the works here,” said Brandei Estes, Sotheby’s head of photographs in London. “Inviting us to challenge our common preconceptions of what we understand to be true and real. The best art affords us a journey and exploration into new ways of thinking and understanding the world around us.”
The exhibition, titled “Shake It Up,” will run from Sept. 8 to 13 following a showcase in Los Angeles last week. Sotheby’s will later auction a selection of those

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