Charles Saatchi may have accepted a police caution for throttling his ex-wife, Nigella Lawson, but he's still happy to make money off the incident. Seven paintings depicting the notorious incident at Scott's restaurant in London materialised on the art mogul's website over the weekend.
SaatchiArt.com, which is closely connected to his gallery in London, is selling the artworks at prices ranging from £150 into thousands. One painting, Saatchi & Saatchi (above), is valued at £10,000.
Anyone can upload their work to receive 70 per cent of the asking price, while the site receives 30 per cent commission. Mr Saatchi stands to gain from the sale of the works, as he is a minority shareholder in Saatchi Art.
"Would it have been a better story if I had censored artists whose work might be personally disobliging?" Saatchi told the Mail on Sunday.
The chief curator of SaatchiArt, Rebecca Wilson, said it did not believe in censorship unless the material is "pornographic or incites racial hatred". Violence against women, on the other hand? Totally cool.
Darren Udaiyan, the Cambridge-based artist who painted Saatchi & Saatchi, said his artwork was not really controversial. "Saatchi is strangling Nigella but it’s also about him squeezing the art market," he said. "It works on many levels, it’s a comment on the art market and how people control it."