Actor Robert Pattinson has curated six artworks that will go on Sotheby’s auction block at the end of this month.
The works that Robert Pattinson picked would be up for auction at Sotheby’s “Contemporary Curated” sale on 30th September. Prior to that, they will be up on display from 23rd to 29th September. The works picked by the actor include Rotation #9 (2011) by Richard Serra, an untitled 1964 painting by Willem de Kooning, and an untitled 2005 drawing by Julie Mehretu. In particular, Pattinson was all praises for Portrait (2009), the sculpture by Thomas Houseago, which he commended for creating a pervasive feeling of something looming behind. For Kissing by the window (2015) by Genieve Figgs, he said that the painting blends sensuality with a subtlely unnerving poison.
In a detailed curatorial statement, Robert Pattinson said:
“What I look for is when a piece has its own language. It doesn’t necessarily feel like it just exists for its own sake and has a presence that hums with a bit of life. It has the ability to communicate with you on a kind of primordial level. Only acquire pieces that you’re going to love, no matter what. Just having something which you’re going to keep for the rest of your life is probably the best idea.”
Robert Pattinson, born in England, first came to the limelight with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005). However, the films that brought him global recognition (and infamy) were the Twilight Saga (2008-12). Since then, Pattinson has starred in many critically-acclaimed films like Good Time and The Lighthouse. He was most recently seen in the popular and acclaimed film The Batman (2022).
The Contemporary Curated sale at Sotheby’s has almost always contained works that were unlikely to make any new records. For instance, the de Kooning work is estimated at $2.5 million, far below the highest-ever $65 million for the artist. This is why celebrities like Pattinson are brought to create buzz around the auction. In the past, the auction has been curated by Ellie Goulding and Oprah Winfrey.