Ominous Disclaimer for Maurizio Cattelan’s ‘Untitled’ in Christie’s Catalogue

maurizio cattelan untitled d5486895h Ominous Disclaimer for Maurizio Cattelans Untitled in Christies Catalogue

The disclaimer. (Photo courtesy Christie's)

We know Maurizio Cattelan is somewhat subversive, what with the statues of Hitler innocently praying and the Pope lying in a pile of shattered glass and all. But here’s a disclaimer we’ve never seen before. Lot 52 at Christie’s Post-War & Contemporary evening sale in London on October 14 is a work by Mr. Cattelan, “Untitled,” estimated at $1,405,00 – $1,874,400. In lieu of a picture of the piece is this note:

THIS LOT IS OF A CHALLENGING NATURE. THOSE OF A DELICATE SENSIBILITY MAY WISH NOT TO VIEW IT. CLICK HERE IF YOU STILL WISH TO VIEW THIS LOT.

We thought for a moment we were looking at a Baldessari, but nope. We consider our sensibility to be a little more hard-edged—but still refined!—so we clicked. We’ll let you decide for yourself if you think the image is more challenging than, say, one of Damien Hirst’s spot paintings.