Tracey Emin - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Monday, June 27, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Commissioned for Fiat by Artwise; Phillips de Pury & Company, Contemporary Art sale, sold for charity benefitting PEAS, 13 October 2007

  • Exhibited

    London, Frieze Art Fair 2007, mobile exhibition Drawings in Motion, 10–14 October 2007

  • Catalogue Essay

    Please note this lot is offered as an art work, not a car. It can however be registered as a car by the successful bidder after collection.

    “I really enjoyed working on the Fiat 500, which I refer to as the ‘mouse car’. It was tempting to make them even more super-cute, but instead decided to give them an edge.” (Tracey Emin)

    A fleet of four brand-new and previously unseen Fiat 500 cars could be viewed travelling around London during Frieze Art Fair in October 2007. The unique cars have been specially commissioned for Fiat, curated by Artwise (, and have been illustrated and signed by the internationally acclaimed British artist and Royal Academician Tracey Emin. The four ‘Collectors’ Cars’ by Emin were part of her mobile exhibition ‘Drawings in Motion’ coinciding with Frieze Art Fair. The pop-up exhibition project was conceived to preview the new car in the UK prior to its official launch in 2008 when the vehicle celebrated its 50th anniversary. Since then the Fiat 500 has won several prizes amongst others European Car of the Year in 2007 and 2008, and Design Car of the Year in 2009. The Fiat 500 was “hailed as being the must-have design object” (The Independent, 6 October 2007). The current lot, I Told You Not To, was the first of the four new Fiat 500 Collectors’ Cars illustrated with a unique drawing by Tracey Emin. Photo ©


I Told You Not To (Fiat 500)

Vinyl-wrapped new Fiat 500, left-hand-drive vehicle.
149 × 140 × 355 cm (58 5/8 × 55 1/8 × 139 3/4 in), approximately 380 kg.
Signed and dated ‘Tracey Emin 2007 X’ in the interior. This work is unique and the first of the four Fiat 500 Collectors’ Cars. This work is accompanied by an original drawing by Tracey Emin.

£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £13,750

Contemporary Art Day Sale

28 June