Damien Hirst - New Now: Modern & Contemporary Art London Friday, April 19, 2024 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Damien Hirst's Pharmacy, London
    Sotheby's, London, 18 October 2004, lot 74
    Private Collection (acquired at the above sale)
    Phillips de Pury & Company, London, 14 October 2010, lot 171
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • 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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Pharmacy Cross Banquette

sewn with the artist's signature 'Damien Hirst' on a label stitched on each part; incised with the artist's signature 'Damien Hirst' on a metal plaque stitched on each part
wooden banquette upholstered with green cloth stuffed with foam, in 2 parts
each 76 x 180 x 348 cm (29 7/8 x 70 7/8 x 137 in.)
overall 76 x 360 x 348 cm (29 7/8 x 141 3/4 x 137 in.)

Executed in 1997-98.

£8,000 - 12,000 Ω♠

Sold for £16,510

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Head of New Now: Modern & Contemporary Art
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New Now: Modern & Contemporary Art

London Auction 19 April 2024