A selection of works from Bear Witness, including LEONID SOKOV, Marilyn and Bear, 1990. Photo via Sotheby's A selection of works from Bear Witness, including LEONID SOKOV, Marilyn and Bear, 1990. Photo via Sotheby's

Between March 4-12, a massive exhibition will take over Sotheby's on New Bond Street. The event includes three sales held over three days, where the collection will go up for auction. Assembled by a solitary collector over the course of several decades who traveled around the world to find these extraordinary artefacts and artworks.

Alex Branczik, Sotheby's Head of Contemporary Art describes the collection as a "modern day Wunderkammer, assembled to inspire and amaze. Crossing every continent, from Mexico to Japan, Indonesia to China, "Bear Witness" encompasses everything form the contemporary to the curious. Quite possibly the most extraordinary exhibition Sotheby's has staged in its 270-year history – it is a unique opportunity to see works by the likes of Hirst, Warhol and Koons alongside the objects and ephemera that inspired them. When else will you see Sotheby's selling a Rothko in the same auction as a can of coke?"

The entire collection includes over 500 items. The eclectic catalogue is not limited to one specific culture or time period, the wide range includes art by prominent contemporary artists such as Marina Abramovich, Tracey Emin and Andy Warhol to small Hungarian porcelain figurines

PAOLA PIVI, Life is Great, 2007. Estimate $77,000-$107,600. Photo via Sotheby's PAOLA PIVI, Life is Great, 2007. Estimate $77,000-$107,600. Photo via Sotheby's

MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ, Carrying the Skeleton, 2008. Estimate $30,760 - $46,000. Photo via Sotheby's MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ, Carrying the Skeleton, 2008. Estimate $30,760 - $46,000. Photo via Sotheby's

ED Ruscha, I Can't Not Do That, 1998. Estimate $1,800,000-$2,760,000. Photo via Sotheby's ED Ruscha, I Can't Not Do That, 1998.
Estimate $1,800,000-$2,760,000. Photo via Sotheby's

The sales begin on March 12 at 7:00 PM with the 50 lots of the catalogue. The remaining two sales take place on March 13 and 14, both at 10:30 AM.

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