Damien Hirst - Editions & Works on Paper New York Monday, October 24, 2022 | Phillips
  • "The Currency is an artwork, and anyone who buys it will participate in this work, it’s not just about owning it. It is the most exciting project I have ever worked on by far." —Damien HirstThe Currency is Damien Hirst’s first NFT. The series includes a total of 10,000 NFTs, also known as Tenders, which correspond to 10,000 unique physical artworks. Successful buyers initially received NFTs but have the option of choosing the physical artwork by a certain deadline. Once all decisions are made, the artist burns the unkept copy - either the work on paper or the NFT. The collection is on the Palm blockchain, which is based on Ethereum.



    • Artist Biography

      Damien Hirst

      British • 1965

      There is no other contemporary artist as maverick to the art market as Damien Hirst. Foremost among the Young British Artists (YBAs), a group of provocative artists who graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London in the late 1980s, Hirst ascended to stardom by making objects that shocked and appalled, and that possessed conceptual depth in both profound and prankish ways.

      Regarded as Britain's most notorious living artist, Hirst has studded human skulls in diamonds and submerged sharks, sheep and other dead animals in custom vitrines of formaldehyde. In tandem with Cheyenne Westphal, now Chairman of Phillips, Hirst controversially staged an entire exhibition directly for auction with 2008's "Beautiful Inside My Head Forever," which collectively totalled £111 million ($198 million).

      Hirst remains genre-defying and creates everything from sculpture, prints, works on paper and paintings to installation and objects. Another of his most celebrated series, the 'Pill Cabinets' present rows of intricate pills, cast individually in metal, plaster and resin, in sterilized glass and steel containers; Phillips New York showed the largest of these pieces ever exhibited in the United States, The Void, 2000, in May 2017.

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165 Set me free, from The Currency

Enamel paint, on handmade paper, with the original accompanying black card box.
S. 8 1/2 x 11 3/4 in. (21.6 x 29.8 cm)
Signed, titled, dated and numbered '165. Set me free. 2016 Damien Hirst' in pencil on the reverse, from the series of 10,000 unique variants, with the artist's blindstamp, microdot, hallmark and hologram on the reverse, contained in the artist's specified frame.

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$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $10,710

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 24 - 26 October 2022