Damien Hirst - 20th Century to Now London Friday, June 30, 2023 | Phillips
  • "I like the idea of a thing to describe a feeling. I like ideas of trying to understand the world by taking things out of the world. You kill things to look at them... I hope at first glance it will look alive. It could have to do with the obsession with trying to make the dead live or the living live forever."
    —Damien Hirst

    The seller will be donating the net proceeds of the sale of Eshara to the charity Ruwenzori Foundation.

    • Provenance

      The Artist

    • 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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signed, titled and dated 'Damien Hirst 'Eshara' 2019' on the reverse; signed and stamped with the artist's stamp 'D. Hirst' on the stretcher
butterflies and household gloss on canvas
diameter 183 cm (72 in.)
Executed in 2019.

Full Cataloguing

£400,000 - 600,000 

Sold for £406,400

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20th Century to Now

London Auction 30 June 2023