In the 1970s, Abramović's work focused on the objectification of female bodies. Rhythm 0, a six hour performance which took place in Naples in 1974, saw Abramović play 72 objects on a table, from lipstick to a rose, to objects associated with violence such as a knife and even a pistol and bullet. Abramović allowed viewers to do as they desired with the objects on her body.

Marina Abramović. Rhythm 0, 1975 Marina Abramović. Rhythm 0

At one point in the performance, Abramović recalled how one man frightened her during the performance. Marina described how ''he put the bullet in the pistol and put the pistol in my right hand. He moved the pistol toward my neck and touched the trigger.''

Marina Abramović, Role Exchange, 1975 Marina Abramović, Role Exchange, 1975

To mark 10 years as a performance artist, Abramović created the piece Role Exchange in 1975. Marina travelled to Amsterdam's Red Light district where she met with a prostitute who had been working in the area for 10 years. Abramović literally swapped places with the prostitute, and took up shop in the window, whilst the other woman was photographed in a gallery.

Marina Abramović, Golden Mask, 2009 Marina Abramović, Golden Mask, 2009

In Golden Mask, 2009, Marina examines the role of women in art history. For the piece, Abramović dressed all in black against a black background, with only her head visible. Her face was covered in gold leaf and for 30 minutes Abramović stared, unblinkingly, into the camera. The video evoked the frozen images from classical art of women in portraiture. There was something ancient and sacred about the piece, whilst at the same time a sense of restraint and beauty.

Golden Mask will be going under the gavel at Aspire Art Auctions' on July 17, 2017. Check out the full catalog here.