In an interview with the Guardian, Emin explained how the pair decided on a space in Brick Lane. ''Back then, nearly every shop on Brick Lane was boarded up,'' the artist explained.

Sarah Lucas and Tracey Emin at The Shop in 1993 Sarah Lucas and Tracey Emin at The Shop in 1993

The pair made works of art, from mugs with their faces on to one of their best sellers: an ashtray with Damien Hirst's face on it. ''Damien Hirst came in and saw our ashtrays that had his face in them – you put your cigarette out on him. They weren't nasty, though: he was making work about cigarettes then, so it was a homage,'' said Emin. ''The way we priced everything was totally arbitrary, too. It started at 50p and went up to £500 for Sarah's proper work. God knows how much it would all be worth today.''

Tracey Emin & Sarah Lucas, Five Heineken beer bottles, 1993 Tracey Emin & Sarah Lucas, Five Heineken beer bottles, 1993

The Shop was a hit. ''People found out about it through word of mouth. We'd have massive art collectors get off the plane from New York and come in at 11pm on a Saturday night,'' said Emin in 2013.

Lucas explained in the same interview with the Guardian how ''[The Shop] was a part of the Shoreditch revolution, of east London becoming somewhere to hang out.''

And it went out with a bang. After 6 months of relentless hard graft, the pair had their final night on their 30th birthday parties. ''The theme was She's Just About Old Enough to Do Whatever She Wants – no one knew whether it was my birthday or Sarah's, '' explained Emin. ''We wanted to go out like rock stars, so we left the door open all night, the idea being that everything would get trashed or stolen.''

The bottles featured in this article will be part of Finarte's Modern & Contemporary Art auctions on 30th May, 2017. Check out the full catalogue here.

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