For UNDER THE HAMMER’s seventh week [Un]original, Simon Williams took his inspiration from the famous act of defiant mockery of the art world, artists, and criticism, the piece Artist's shit (merda d’artista) by Piero Manzoni; An Italian artist known for his ironic approach to avant-garde art.
In response to his father critic “Your work is shit”, Manzoni created 90 tins labelled "Artist's Shit", contents 30gr net freshly preserved, produced and tinned in May 1961” in Italian, English, French, and German. The tins where originally priced according to the price of the gold. However, in August 2016, one of the tin sold for the record price of 275,000€.
In 1989, Bernard Bazile a French artist, made the performance the open on of the famous tin in public. No mystery was elucidated since a second tin, smaller (in Italian, scatolina), was inside the receptacle.