Famous Beds

Famous Beds

Tracey Emin's 'My Bed'

One of the most famous beds in the world is surely the art work by Tracey
Emin known simply as “My Bed”. Love it or hate it, this bed covered in
crumpled sheets and dirty bed linen recently sold for a staggering
£2.2million at auction. Amusingly, when on display in 1999 a guard,
believing the exhibit had been vandalised started to tidy it up - bless him, if
he's ever out of a job I'm sure Ms Emin could convince him to come and
be her cleaner – if this is the state of her bedroom she clearly needs one!

John & Yoko's Bed-In

In 1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono took their honeymoon at a hotel in
Amsterdam. Being a pop star it was never going to be a normal honeymoon
and sure enough John and Yoko turned it in to a 'bed-in' to protest against
the Vietnam war. Generating massive amounts of exposure (not literally-
thankfully) for their cause. Their adventure was turned into a documentary
called Bed Peace which you can find on YouTube.

Vincent Van Gough's: Bedroom in Arles

There have been many beds painted throughout history, although to be
fair, they usually have someone in them. Van Gough's impressionists view
of the world created something unique and vivid in a series of 3 paintings
he created in 1888/89. He described his work in a letter to his brother in
1888 in which he includes a description of the bedding "the sheet and the
pillows, lemon light green. The bedspread, scarlet coloured"
You can view
the 1st painting at the Van Gough Museum in Amsterdam

Austin Powers Rotating Bed

Love him or hate him Austin Powers certainly had a way with the ladies.
Could it be his ability to make the ladies laugh or was it in part due to his
round, rotating bed that made women so dizzy they were powerless to his
charms. We'll leave it to you to decide.

Ron Mueck's “In Bed”

Ron's background is in model and puppet making – you'll probably have
seen some of his creations in Labyrinth the film. Since those early days he
has developed his skills and now exhibits his stunning life-like (and huge)
sculptures such as 'In Bed' all over the world.

Elvis' Hamburger Bed

This was designed and made specifically for Elvis. He loved watching TV
so it has a TV ad radio built in to it. It was nicknamed 'The Hamburger
Bed' by his daughter Lisa Marie simply because it was round and looked
surprisingly like a burger. The bed was sold in 2007 on eBay for a kings
ransom of $50,000 - Thank you very much!

Misery – The Bed Scene

After a car accident in the snow novelist Paul Weldon is rescued by Annie
Wilkes. While caring for him she finds his latest manuscript and being a huge
fan can't resist reading it. Unhappy about the fate of her favourite fictional
character Misery Chastain, Annie decides to 'persuade' Paul to change the
story. What follows is one of the most famous scenes in film history.

Bob Marley's Single Bed

I wanna love you and treat you right;
I wanna love you every day and every night:
We'll be together with a roof right over our heads;
We'll share the shelter of my single bed;

It's impossible not have a little sway or foot tap to this legendary song. In
his song “Is This Love” Marley famously sang about his single bed and
yes, Marley really did have a single bed at his home in Jamaica.

Sleeping Beauty

This fairytale is well and truly embedded in our culture, being represented
in art, literature, dance and the movies. The origins of the story of Sleeping
Beauty date back to the 1300's. English artist Henry Meynell Rheam
famously interpreted sleeping beauty in repose on her bed in his painting
(below) and Walt Disney created probably the most famous version in his
1959 film.

Morecambe and Wise

The masculine décor of the bedroom including the mustard velour headboard
and matching bedding are the background for this unforgettable sketch with
Eric and Ernie in bed discussing amongst other things, what Eskimos eat at
Christmas. If you haven't seen this sketch, where have you been? True kings
of comedy who have influenced countless comedians over the years and
given enjoyment and laughter to millions.