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What was that broom worth?

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Eddie Mair | 11:32 UK time, Wednesday, 6 August 2008

We asked you yesterday.

Today the answer: £7,500. Nigel Wrench writes:

"It's an ordinary working broom (on the right in the corner), bought in an ordinary hardware store by the London artist Susan Collis (all pictures by the way are courtesy the artist) and inlaid with precious stones (opals, an emerald, black and white diamonds, among others).

The broom is part of the Edinburgh Art Festival, in the first exhibition at the new premises of the Ingleby Gallery, just behind Waverley Station. The artist calls it Love is a Charm of Powerful Trouble (2008).

Also on the floor there's a wooden block. Here's a close-up: broomb.JPG
Falls from Grace (2008), wooden block inlaid with mother of pearl, 18 carat white gold, diamond amber and topaz, £5,000.

I chatted to the artist who says, ""It appeals to me to use a grand process on a humble object.

"For me I'm dealing with weighty issues. What makes one thing valuable over another?"

All that said she did once walk into a gallery to find a cleaner using one of her works to clean up with."


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