Sex at Sotheby’s

Judging from the unabashed lots in Sotheby’s auction of erotic art, there is no sexual act — either on the hetero- or homosexual spectrum — that hasn’t already been perfected by our forebears.

The house’s first sale dedicated to representations of love and sex features over 100 works, ranging from an ancient Roman marble sculpture of two lovers engaging in intercourse to the present-day. 

Erotic: Passion & Desire, Sotheby’s London

Modern painted plywood table, replica of one supposedly owned by Catherine the Great

Roman marble group of two lovers, circa 1st/2nd century AD

Helmut Newton, Autoerotic, 1999

Egon Schiele, Akt

César, Le Plat

French, carved mahogany bed, 19th century

Turkey, erotic scene, ascribed to Abdullah Bukhari, 1743

Gustav Klimt, Liegander Halbakt Nach Rechts (Half-Nude Reclining to the Right)

Pavel Tchelitchew, Bathers

Marc Quinn, Maquette for Siren (Kate Moss)

Pablo Picasso, Nu (Nude)

North India, a couple making acrobatic love on a lake, 18th century

Nobuyoshi Araki, Untitled (Hotel Rooms), 1993 – 1994

Patrick Hennessy, In the Hammam

Lucian Freud, Man Posing

Clive Barker, I Thought She Was a Natural Blonde

Osmar Schindler, Zwiegesprach (Tête à Tête)

Chinese, Qing Dynasty, 19th century

Antony Gormley, Pole II

Robert Mapplethorpe, Bow and Arrow (Lisa Lyon), 1981

Howard Chandler Christy, Nudes at the Beach

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