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Report: Fans Hoard Emin’s Posters

March 28, 2002

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LONDON (AP) _ An artist who outraged critics by presenting her soiled, unmade bed as a masterpiece has found her unusual definition of art can have unexpected consequences.

Such is Tracy Emin’s fame that when she pinned up posters asking for help finding her missing cat, Docket, several were ripped down by people who apparently thought they could be worth hundreds of pounds each, The Times newspaper reported Thursday.

Emin, who lives in a trendy east London suburb, caused a sensation at the Tate Gallery three years ago by exhibiting her bed _ littered with used condoms, empty vodka bottles, soiled underwear, cigarette butts and a pregnancy testing kit.

Another piece _ a tent decorated with names titled ``Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963-1995″ _ was criticized by then New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani during a ``Sensation″ exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum in 1999.

The White Cube gallery in London, which handles Emin’s work, told the newspaper the missing cat posters were just posters. Docket since has been found, the gallery said.

``It’s not a conceptual piece of work and it has nothing to do with her art,″ the newspaper quoted an unidentified spokeswoman as saying.

``Tracy does deal with memorabilia, but the posters are not works of art, it’s simply a notice of her missing cat to alert neighbors.″

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