Charles Saatchi is one of the most famous art collectors in the world - but the latest works associated with him will prove shocking to many.
Artworks interpreting the scenes of Saatchi throttling his then-wife Nigella Lawson in a London restaurant last June are on sale through Saatchi’s own website, saatchiart.com.
The disturbing works show images of a distressed Nigella in various drawings and paintings, including a particularly distasteful one with a smirking Saatchi against a colourful backdrop.
Another image of a choked Nigella is titled simply Art Collector Throttling a Cook. Another, Last Course, features Nigella on a chopping board, in a pop-art style with a thought bubble stating ‘‘So this is how it all ends’’.
Prices of the works range from $US250 to $US30,000 ($266-$32,000), of which Saatchi gets a reported 30 per cent commission.
One artist told a British tabloid that she put up her oil painting last June as a joke, thinking that it would be removed. While others saw the irony of Saatchi profiting from their imagery.
Chief curator at Saatchi Art, Rebecca Wilson, said: ‘‘Saatchi art does not believe in censorship unless the material is pornographic or incites racial hatred.’’
Saatchi was cautioned for assault following the attack and the pair divorced seven weeks later.
The pair were thrust back into the spotlight at the end of last year over a fraud case featuring their former personal assistants, with allegations of Lawson’s drug use and Saatchi’s controlling behaviour.