Stefani Reclining, 2016 by Rankin on Sotheby's

Saturday, December 23, 2017
Stefani Reclining, 2016 by Rankin on Sotheby's

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Rankin, B. 1966. STEFANI RECLINING, 2016. Pigment print. Signed and numbered 1/1 on a studio label and a certificate of authenticity, both affixed to the reverse. Framed. sheet: 157.5 by 177.8cm., 62 by 70 in. Estimate: 18,000 — 25,000 GBP. Sotheby's EROTIC: PASSION & DESIRE Sale on 15 FEBRUARY 2018.

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Museo Jumex (a private art collection based in Mexico City, Mexico) / David Chipperfield. Image © Simon Menges

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