Protesters hijacked an auction in the West End where million of pounds of contemporary art was being sold to hold a demonstration against cuts to public services [#170].
Nearly a dozen intruders set off alarms and threw fake £50 notes in the air at Sotheby's before unfurling a large banner bearing the words "orgy of the rich". [#8]
They started their protest last night with the sound of moaning [#28] as Andy Warhol's Nine Multicolored Marilyns was unveiled, while others invaded the press seats and made similar noises, boosted by sirens and alarms .
They were quickly evicted, although other protesters were holding a demonstration outside the building in New Bond Street featuring a mocked-up auction of public services workers [#35].
The demonstrators, many of whom came in costume and brought along picture frames as props, came from protest groups including Arts Against Cuts, UK Uncut and Space Hijackers. They held up posters with messages including "1 Warhol = 1,222 tuitions." ...
A protester calling himself Matt said: "It is obscene that the amount of money being spent at this auction could be the difference between having some form of local services which exists in the community and not."
Belgian collector Mark Vanmoerkerke said the auction house took the interruption in its stride. He said: "It's fun to see people stand up for what they believe in. An orgy of the rich? They're not exactly wrong."
Nope. They're not. Something like this would work, oh, in any large city with a major contemporary art presence.