Artist Tracey Emin's messy bed sells for $4.4 million

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British artist Tracey Emin 1998 artpiece, entitled 'My Bed' on display, at an auction house exhibition space in central London, Friday, June 27, 2014. It will be part of Christie's Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Auction on July 1, 2014 and is estimated to fetch around 800,000–1.2 million British pounds, ($1,36-2,04 million , euro999,000 thousand-1,49 million). (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
British artist Tracey Emin poses for photographers next to her 1998 artpiece, entitled 'My Bed' at an auction house exhibition space in central London, Friday, June 27, 2014. It will be part of Christie's Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Auction on July 1, 2014 and is estimated to fetch around 800,000–1.2 million British pounds, ($1,36-2,04 million , euro999,000 thousand-1,49 million). (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A detail of British artist Tracey Emin's 1998 artpiece, entitled 'My Bed' is photographed at an auction house exhibition space in central London, Friday, June 27, 2014. It will be part of Christie's Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Auction on July 1, 2014 and is estimated to fetch around 800,000–1.2 million British pounds, ($1,36-2,04 million , euro999,000 thousand-1,49 million). (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
British artist Tracey Emin 1998 artpiece, entitled 'My Bed' on display, at an auction house exhibition space in central London, Friday, June 27, 2014. It will be part of Christie's Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Auction on July 1, 2014 and is estimated to fetch around 800,000–1.2 million British pounds, ($1,36-2,04 million , euro999,000 thousand-1,49 million). (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
British artist Tracey Emin poses for photographers next to her 1998 artpiece, entitled 'My Bed' at an auction house exhibition space in central London, Friday, June 27, 2014. It will be part of Christie's Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Auction on July 1, 2014 and is estimated to fetch around 800,000–1.2 million British pounds, ($1,36-2,04 million , euro999,000 thousand-1,49 million). (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
British artist Tracey Emin poses for photographers next to her 1998 artpiece, entitled 'My Bed' at an auction house exhibition space in central London, Friday, June 27, 2014. It will be part of Christie's Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Auction on July 1, 2014 and is estimated to fetch around 800,000–1.2 million British pounds, ($1,36-2,04 million , euro999,000 thousand-1,49 million). (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
British artist Tracey Emin 1998 artpiece, entitled 'My Bed' on display, at an auction house exhibition space in central London, Friday, June 27, 2014. It will be part of Christie's Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Auction on July 1, 2014 and is estimated to fetch around 800,000–1.2 million British pounds, ($1,36-2,04 million , euro999,000 thousand-1,49 million). (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
British artist Tracey Emin poses for photographers next her 1998 artpiece, entitled 'My Bed' at an auction house exhibition space in central London, Friday, June 27, 2014. It will be part of Christie's Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Auction on July 1, 2014 and is estimated to fetch around 800,000–1.2 million British pounds, ($1,36-2,04 million , 999,000 thousand-1,49 million Euros). (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 27: Tracey Emin attends the press view of her artwork 'My Bed' which goes on the market at Christie's King Street on June 27, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 27: Tracey Emin's artwork 'My Bed' which goes on the market at Christie's King Street on June 27, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 27: Tracey Emin attends the press view of her artwork 'My Bed' which goes on the market at Christie's King Street on June 27, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 27: Tracey Emin attends the press view of her artwork 'My Bed' which goes on the market at Christie's King Street on June 27, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 27: Tracey Emin attends the press view of her artwork 'My Bed' which goes on the market at Christie's King Street on June 27, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Tracy Emin's 1998 piece 'My Bed' on display at Christie's on June 27, 2014 in London, England. This iconic work from the YBA moment is being offered at auction for the first time and is estimated to sell for between 800,000 - 1.2 million GBP. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Tracy Emin's 1998 piece 'My Bed' on display at Christie's on June 27, 2014 in London, England. This iconic work from the YBA moment is being offered at auction for the first time and is estimated to sell for between 800,000 - 1.2 million GBP. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: A close up of Tracy Emin's 1998 piece 'My Bed' on display at Christie's on June 27, 2014 in London, England. This iconic work from the YBA moment is being offered at auction for the first time and is estimated to sell for between 800,000 - 1.2 million GBP. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Tracy Emin sits on her 1998 piece 'My Bed' on display at Christie's on June 27, 2014 in London, England. This iconic work from the YBA moment is being offered at auction for the first time and is estimated to sell for between 800,000 - 1.2 million GBP. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: A close up of Tracy Emin's 1998 piece 'My Bed' on display at Christie's on June 27, 2014 in London, England. This iconic work from the YBA moment is being offered at auction for the first time and is estimated to sell for between 800,000 - 1.2 million GBP. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: A close up of Tracy Emin's 1998 piece 'My Bed' on display at Christie's on June 27, 2014 in London, England. This iconic work from the YBA moment is being offered at auction for the first time and is estimated to sell for between 800,000 - 1.2 million GBP. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: British artist Tracy Emin's sits in front of her 1998 piece 'My Bed' on display at Christie's on June 27, 2014 in London, England. This iconic work from the YBA moment is being offered at auction for the first time and is estimated to sell for between 800,000 - 1.2 million GBP. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
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LONDON (AP) -- Artist Tracey Emin has sold her bed - and the disheveled sheets, empty vodka bottles, cigarette butts and discarded condoms were part of the lucrative deal.

Emin's artwork "My Bed" sold for 2.54 million pounds ($4.4 million) at a London auction Tuesday, more than double the pre-sale estimate and four times the previous record for the artist.

Emin, who has mined her tumultuous personal life for some of her best-known works, attended the auction and grinned when the hammer came down.

The work was sold by collector Charles Saatchi, an early supporter of Emin and other modern British artists.

Christie's auction house did not identify the buyer. But its head of contemporary art, Francis Outred, hinted it was an institution, saying the bed would end up "somewhere important."

Tracy Emin's Bed Sells for £2.54 Million

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