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  • Gilbert & George's Pissed to auction for $228,000?
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Gilbert & George's Pissed to auction for $228,000?

Pissed, a playful artwork by British duo Gilbert & George (Gilbert Prousch and George Passmore), is expected to lead Christie's Post War and Contemporary Art auction in London on April 17.

Pissed presents six enlarged, hand-coloured microscopic images of urine, overlaid with a naked, stumbling George, held up by an ever-dapper Gilbert. Estimated to be worth £100,000-150,000 ($152,100-228,150), Pissed belongs to the Fundamental Pictures series of 1996.

Gilbert and George Pissed auction
Gilbert & George's Pissed tableau takes on a multitude of double-entendres

Fundamental Pictures' no nonsense titles (Shit, Piss, Spunk, Spit, Blood and Tears) might be understood as an attempt to reduce the human condition to a number of biological impulses and excretions.

In May 2004, another intoxicant-inspired Gilbert & George work, 1974's A Drinking Sculpture, sold at Phillips de Pury for $400,000, suggesting there is a ready market for works by the pair.

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