The Daily Telegraph
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Damien Hirst: the most famous YBA, whose work includes a variety of dead animals in formaldehyde (right), his spot paintings (now made by a team), spin paintings and a diamondencrusted skull put on sale for £50m. In 2008, he sold his own collection at auction for £111m, and this year has a new exhibition at the Venice Biennale.
Tracey Emin: the other notorious YBA, whose highly personal work led to accusations of “shock tactics” by art critics. Her most famous works include the tent
entitled Everyone I Have Ever Slept With
1963–1995 and the work known as her “unmade bed” which sold for £2.2m. A Turner Prize nominee, she is still prolific and made headlines last year after announcing she had married a rock.
Rachel Whiteread: Among her most renowned works are the Holocaust Monument in Vienna and her resin sculpture for the empty plinth in Trafalgar Square. Her record price at auction has been reported at $887,305. Michael Landy: Most famous for Break Down (2001), in which he catalogued then destroyed all of his possessions.
Sarah Lucas: Once called the “wildest of the YBAs” and “at times genuinely shocking”, her often sexualised work was based on visual puns and everyday objects.