Women Artists Begin to Narrow the Gender Gap

Six women have set personal sales records in the past two months
Photograph by Loomis Dean/The Life Picture Collection/Getty Images

British artist Tracey Emin was in the crowd when My Bed—an unmade bed with rumpled sheets, empty vodka bottles, underwear, and cigarette packets—sold for £2.5 million ($4.3 million) on July 1 at Christie’s in London, more than five times her previous high. “I was really nervous, and then six people started bidding,” Emin says. “I thought it was just brilliant.”

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