Considering how 41 years ago, Queen Elizabeth and her Silver Jubilee were the target of the Sex Pistols’ wickedly seditionary “God Save the Queen” (naturally, the song was banned by the BBC, and went straight to number one), it was a delicious pleasure witnessing her own little, but quite important act of “rebellion” against President Trump this past July. Indeed, she showed up for a meeting with 45 wearing a brooch gifted to her by President Obama – the recipient of endless Twitter ire doled out by his petty successor. She knew exactly what she was doing, of course.
So yes, the Queen is “cool” right now – and as part of the Sotheby’s Made In Britain auction in London, a very pinked out photograph of her by Chris Levine just sold for £150,000. The pre-show estimate was only £70,000-100,000. The photo, titled Lightness of Being (Pink), was taken in 2015, and is also studded with Swarovski crystals – though we’re not sure if there is a particular metaphor connected to that.
The auction, meant to be a sweeping survey of British contemporary art, also included works by Banksy, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Anish Kapoor, and the late Lucian Freud and Zaha Hadid.