DIARY: The Observer has the Saatchis muddled but we won’t just let it lie

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.

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

now.’



If true, that would be an artistic conversion of Pauline

proportions.



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.’



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