Damien Hirst - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Friday, March 8, 2024 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    White Cube, London
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2017

  • Exhibited

    Venice, Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana, Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable, Damien Hirst, 9 April - 3 December 2017, pp. 111, 319, 365 (illustrated)

  • Literature

    Mélanie Goussard, 'Damien Hirst: His Own Worst Enemy', artlimited, 30 September 2021, online
    Damien Hirst, The Undersea Salvage Operation: Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable, Other Criteria, London, 2017, pp. 200-201, 223

  • 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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Property from an Important Private American Collection


Crown in Petrified Honeycomb with Two Daggers

incised with the artist’s signature, stamped with the artist and foundry stamps, inscribed, numbered and dated ‘Dhirst TT63-1 1/3 MMXVI’ on the interior
gold and bronze
53.7 x 35.1 x 27.5 cm (21 1/8 x 13 7/8 x 10 7/8 in.)
Executed in 2016, this work is number 1 from an edition of 3 plus 2 artist's proofs.

£150,000 - 250,000 ‡♠

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 8 March 2024