Christie´s contemporary art day auction 17th February 2011 (Last supper)1
Oil on canvas
The scene depicted in the picture shows the moment right before the start of Christies contemporary art day auction on 17th February 2011, which took place in London with the total sales volume of more than 14 mio. pounds. It has been suggested that the painting might refer to the last supper from Leonardo da Vinci owing to slight similarities in the composition. In particular, it is the strict central perspective structure and the same number of Christie´s employees and the apostles in the Da Vinci masterpiece which lead art historians to this assumption.
The painting in the centre of the picture can be certainly identified as the „Flooding the Amazon Delta“ by Marc Quinn which was sold at the auction for more than 200 000 pounds. The subject is commercial but may be explained by the economic background of the artist, studying business administration before starting her career as an international contemporary artist. The commercial subject also suggests that the painting was made in London, either when the painter visited the city in early 2010, or during her residence there in 2011.