Simon de Pury to Auction Himself, Sort of, at the Phillips de Pury Contemporary Art Day Sale

Vinny Reunov, ‘Movie,’ 2011-2012. (Courtesy Phillips de Pury)

Browsing the Twitterverse this morning, we stumbled upon an image of a painting by Vinny Reunov to be included in the upcoming Phillips de Pury contemporary art day sale, and lo and behold, it features an image of the one and only Simon de Pury in a smart gray suit behind a podium with his arm up as if in the throes of a heated auction battle.

It seems that a one @Hollytorious was strolling through the exhibition when she spotted the work, photographed it and tweeted, “Love that @phillipsdepury have a painting feat @simondepury in their auction!”

The Swiss auctioneer, who is the chairman and co-founder of the auction house, is one of a number of pop-cultural icons—along with the pope, a Mastercard logo and Papa Smurf—featured in this oil painting, entitled Movie (2011/2012), which appears to be a faux cover of Latin Finance. The work is estimated to bring in $16,000-23,000 at the day sale on June 29, which will present 348 works, including pieces by Tracey Emin, Dan Colen and George Condo.