Damien Hirst - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, October 13, 2022 | Phillips

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  • 'They feel like they are unlocking the unfathomable mysteries of the universe. I don’t know why they are so good but they are... They feel powerful and important. I called them “The Empresses” and named them after five famous female rulers […] I love art and it’s uplifting qualities and how can these not make you feel good? I love it when an idea explodes and becomes more than the sum of it’s parts.' —Damien Hirst

    • Provenance

      Heni Editions, 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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Five works: (i) H10-1 Wu Zetian; (ii) H10-2 Nūr Jahān; (iii) H10-3 Theodora; (iv) H10-4 Suiko; (v) H10-5 Taytu Betul from the series The Empresses

each signed 'Damien Hirst' and numbered 856 on a label affixed to the reverse
laminated Giclée print on aluminium composite panel screen-printed with glitter, complete set of 5 works
each 100 x 100 cm (39 3/8 x 39 3/8 in.)
Executed in 2022.
(i) Wu Zetian (H10-1), this work is number 856 from an edition of 2,853.
(ii) Nūr Jahān (H10-2), this work is number 856 from an edition of 3,041.
(iii) Theodora (H10-3), this work is number 856 from an edition of 3,315.
(iv) Suiko (H10-4), this work is number 856 from an edition of 3,310.
(v) Taytu Betul (H10-5), this work is number 856 from an edition of 2,814.

Full Cataloguing

£15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for £23,940

Contact Specialist

Simon Tovey

Specialist, Associate Director, Head of Day Sale, 20th Century & Contemporary Art
+44 20 7318 4084


20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 13 October 2022