Set aside the winter chill with art that ravishes the eye! Sotheby’s third major auction of erotic artworks – Erotic: Passion & Desire – is once again a cornucopia of sensual treasure. There are images of high sexual voltage, such as Jef Lambeaux’s ecstatic sculpture Leda and the Swan, and gentler pieces evocative of human love at its most intimate; canvases that would lend romance to any bedroom wall. From the towering genius of Salvador Dali at his most suggestive to the taboo-busting photograph of Raquel Welch in a bikini “being crucified” (a photograph withheld from the public eye for 30 years), this is a sale that provokes and delights.
Watch the video below for Rowan's take on why erotic art is so compelling for collectors.
ADVISORY: PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS GALLERY INCLUDES IMAGES OF NUDITY AND IMAGES OF A SEXUAL NATURE.