Bear Witness

If you go down to Sotheby’s today you’re sure of a big surprise… For not quite ‘every bear that ever there was’ but close to that have descended on the London auction house. The venue has been transformed – replete with neon and blood-red butchers’ curtains throughout – on the occasion of a sale of contemporary art from an anonymous collector, who also happened to collect representations of bears and skulls. It’s quite possibly the most charming yet alarming selection of works you’ve ever seen at Sotheby’s. Amassed since the 1970s, highlights of the collection include works by Hirst, Richter, Rothko and Warhol. And just one or two bears and skulls…

Sotheby’s is open until midnight tonight (Friday 6 March 2015) with DJs, a bar and hourly tours of the collection.

Watch a video of the exhibition over on Sotheby’s site here.

Sotheby’s, 34-35 New Bond Street, London W1A 2AA UK


Bear Witness – exhibition

Friday 6 March 2015, 9am –midnight

Saturday 7 March – Sunday 8 March 2015, 12 noon–5pm

Monday 9 March 2015, 9am–5pm

Tuesday 10 March 2015, 9am–12 noon


Bear Witness – auctions

Tuesday 10 March 2015, Bear Witness 1, Evening Sale of Contemporary Art, 7pm

Wednesday 11 March 2015, Bear Witness 2, Day Sale of Contemporary Art, 10.30am

Thursday 12 March 2015, Bear Witness 3, Bears and Skulls, 10.30am


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