What is a Dead Darling? A Dead Darling, is a work that an artist might not normally sell; A fabulous experiment, an outlier, a misfit, yet always something that stands strong on its own and has a story to tell. We give these works a second chance for love and love to tell their story. As these pieces have been previously “killed”, starting prices for our auctions are very low, (ranging from less than one to a hundred euro) giving all of you the opportunity to bid for an original and often unique artwork. All the artworks are auctioned anonymously, so the buyer can connect to what they love! Participating artists are listed, but the names are not revealed in relation to the piece until after the sale.
Who are Dead Darlings? Dead Darlings are a collective founded in Amsterdam in 2005, running anonymous art auctions as a platform that challenges notions of value and explores the complex love triangle between artist, artwork, and collector. Our focus is on artefacts whose value is ambiguous. Our events combine elements of performance and exhibition. As a collective we bring something “unseen” into the public sphere. The core members are Tania Theodorou, Lina Ozerkina, Hanna Mattes and Jessie Yingying Gong. During events our team expands to include more Darlings.