'Cardboard box' sells for $30k

Have a look at the IMAGE_and what do you see...?

This cardboard box is actually a prized work of art currently valued at as much as $30,000.

However, appearances are deceptive: Gavin Turk's Brillo 5, 2003, is actually a bronze sculpture painted to look like a cardboard box, less than two-feet tall.

It goes on sale on September 23 at Christie's in New York as part of a postwar and contemporary art auction, reports Art Daily.

Turk is one of the famed informal group known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, along with the likes of Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas and Mark Wallinger.

Christie's estimates the value of Brillo 5 at $20,000-30,000. The words "Gavin Turk 2003 Brillo 5" can be found on the underside of the sculpture.

According to the New York Post, the auction will also include the sale of a discarded shutter by New York conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner.

The artist found the shutter in 1961 among rubbish on Canal Street.

Work by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Gerhard Richter, John Baldessari, Sol LeWitt, Andy Warhol and other contemporary luminaries will also be featured.

Christie's hasn't said if it will deliver Brillo 5 to its new owner in a box.


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