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‘Orgy of the Rich’ Protest at Sotheby’s

02.17.11 Marina Galperina

imageYesterday, as Sotheby’s began its auction of a Warhol, about a dozen young protesters pulled the fire alarms and started moaning, the room erupting in loud ringing, squealing and simulated orgasms. The anti-art cuts protesters unveiled a red “Orgy of the Rich” banner and threw fake £50 notes at said orgy.

The protesters were evicted almost immidiately, to the claps of the horrified auction audience (class revolt trauma much?). A few spectators seemed genuinely amused. The Warhol sale continued, finishing off at $5.09 million. The Arts Against Cuts group proceeded to protest outside with a mock auction. Some say that UK’s proposed cuts will cause a “cultural apartheid,” so this is serious business. Ahhhh ooohhh.

Another angle:

Outdoor theatrics outside. Note the “1 Warhol = 222 University Tuitions” sign: