Damien Hirst - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    The Artist
    Sotheby's, London, 16 September 2008, lot 254
    Private Collection
    Blain Southern, London
    Acquired from the above 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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Second Series Biopsy: M122/105-Breast_cancer_cells,_immunofluorescent_light_micrograph-SPL.jpg

signed and titled 'Biopsy Series 2 Damien Hirst "M122/105" on the reverse; further signed 'Damien Hirst ' and stamped by the Hirst studio on the stretcher
UV inks and household gloss on canvas with glass, scalpel blades, flocking and religious medals
160 x 121.9 cm (62 7/8 x 47 7/8 in.)
Executed in 2008.

£100,000 - 150,000 ‡♠

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 6 October 2016