Charles Saatchi has raised eyebrows by selling a painting of himself ‘throttling ex-wife Nigella Lawson, for $10,000 – sartorially titled Saatchi & Saatchi.
Hosted on Saatchi’s own art website, a commercial hub where artists can upload their work in return for handing 30 per cent of the asking piece to the advertising guru.
It is through this mechanism that the distasteful pieces have emerged, though they have been sanctioned by Saatchi himself.
Speaking to the Mail on Sunday Saatchi said: “Would it have been a better story if I had censored artists whose work might be personally disobliging?”
The artist himself, Darren Udaiyan, said: “It’s not really controversial, Saatchi is strangling Nigella but it’s also about him squeezing the art market.
“It works on many levels, it’s a comment on the art market and how people control it.”
The couple were granted a divorce last July following the highly publicised incident.