CHARLES SAATCHI BUY THIS ONE?
2002 artist Sean Hall, placed a bet with William Hill that collector
Charles Saatchi would buy the betting slip for £1000 or more.
At odds of 1:2 William Hill obviously reckon there is a good chance
that he will in fact do so. The bet is for £10 and expires on
31 December 2005.
on Sean Hall
Goldsmiths are more naturally more restrained and erudite:
the artist, Sean Hall: “This piece comments on the role that patrons
like Charles Saatchi play in determining what is and is not accorded
the status of "art", and the value that is then placed on the objects
deemed art. This is an alternative viewpoint to the one which says art
is art because the artist says it is, as suggested by the works of people
like Tracey Emin.”
William Hill have no such scruples:
"I don't know much about art, but I know what I like" said William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe, "And if Sean can persuade a mug, sorry, serious collector of art, to pay thousands of pounds for a betting slip which can only be worth a maximum of fifteen pounds I expect a massive increase of business in our betting shops!"
"Sean insisted on very short odds apparently to add artistic merit to his work, and we were happy to go along with that" said Sharpe.
College issued a Press Release which is no longer online.