Does The Observer know something we don’t? On last weekend’s front
page it revealed that Tracey Emin’s notorious piece of Britart, an
unmade bed, complete with soiled sheets, knickers and a used condom, had
been bought by Lord Saatchi.
Indeed, the paper even quotes his Lordship as admitting to being ’very
slow to get the loopiness of Tracey’s work. But I’m a hopeless fan
If true, that would be an artistic conversion of Pauline
Alas, it seems the guys in Farringdon Road are the latest to confuse
Maurice Saatchi, who has a title, with his art-patron brother,
Charles, who ... er ... hasn’t.
According to Alex Fynn, a former Saatchi & Saatchi vice-chairman, Emin’s
bed would be anathema to Maurice, whose tastes lie in the Renaissance
and Impressionist periods, although he has been known to indulge his
brother’s avant garde aesthetic.
’I remember visiting Maurice’s home to find it full of Charles’
pictures,’ Fynn recalls. ’Charles was such a voracious collector that he
was using it as a warehouse.’