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Daydream Nation artwork for sale

Sonic Youth's album artwork expected to fetch millions at auction

The classic album artwork adorning Sonic Youth's sixth major album Daydream Nation will be put up for sale at Sotheby's in London next week. Avant-garde German artist Gerhard Richter's photo-painting, Kerze (Candle), is likely to sell for several times its catalogue price of £2.5m. Last year, the band re-released a deluxe version of the double album, complete with live versions and extra studio material. They have also embarked on a world tour, performing the album in its entirety. Sonic Youth memorabilia fans with a spare few million to burn should head for Sotheby's Contemporary Art Evening Auction, London, 27 February.