Damien Hirst - Contemporary Art Day London Friday, February 12, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, London

  • 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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Two works: (i) Sketch for pendant; (ii) diamond pendant necklace

(i) Ink and graphite on paper; (ii) pavé-set circular-cut diamond capsule-shaped pendant mounted in 18K white gold on a beaded gold chain, created simultaneously with, and inspired by his Pharmacy exhibition.
(i) 38.6 × 27 cm (15 1/4 × 10 5/8 in); (ii) pendant length 3 cm (1 1/4 in), necklace length 51.5 cm (20 1/4 in).
(i) Signed ‘Damien Hirst’ lower centre; (ii) signed ‘Hirst’ on central circular plaque, with original Boodles leather box. This necklace is unique.

£18,000 - 22,000 

Sold for £22,500

Contemporary Art Day

13 Feb 2010