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05/05/04
Fire Destroys BritArt Classics
- Emin, Hirst, Chapmans and Whiteread among casualties


EVERYONE I Ever Slept With got burnt in east London last night. Tracey Emin's work that featured a tent with the names of her sleeping partners was among a pile of famous Brit Art to succumb to the flames in an art storage facility last night.

The art collection belonged to patron Charles Saatchi, the man who funded a whole host of Brit Art artists. Saatchi is quoted as being "absolutely devastated". Works by the Chapman brothers, Damien Hirst and Rachel Whiteread were also stored at the Momart warehouse in Leyton.

It is not yet known how many of these works - which carry a combined multi-million pound price-tag - have been destroyed. "We are waiting for Momart to give us final confirmation," said a spokesperson for Charles Saatchi. However, the signs are not good. The fire began on Monday and was still being put out on Tuesday evening.

Firefighters described the warehouse as being "non-existent".




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