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A Thirst For Hirst

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Breaking new ground and old traditions, modern British artist Damien Hirst raised 70.5 million pounds (That's 127 million dollars!) with his two day auction entitled Beautiful Inside My Head Forever - a record sale for a solo art auction.

Hirst eclipsed a 1993 sale of 88 pieces by Picasso, which sold for 20 million dollars. And, unlike most work, which is sold through galleries with up to a 50% commission, the bulk of Hirst's pieces were sold directly.

The auction results revealed a strong art buying market, despite the struggling economy, which pleased Hirst. "I love art and this proves I'm not alone and the future looks great for everyone!" he said of the auction.

The work of Damien Hirst deals mostly with death through perserved animals and brash displays of extravagance. The Golden Calf - a real calf adorned with 18-carat gold hoofs and horns, crowned with a gold disc, and preserved in a tank of formaldehyde - topped the auction and broke Hirst's personal best, selling for 10.3 million pounds. The Kingdom, a similarly preserved full tiger shark, sold for 9.5 million pounds.

Who buys that shiz?????

Hirst's most notorious piece, however, is also considered the most expensive piece in the contemporary art world. For The Love of God is a platinum skull blinged out with 8,601 diamonds, which sold for 50 million pounds.

You do the math!

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31 comments to “A Thirst For Hirst”

  1. 1

    To answer your $10K question: If it were Brad's or David's, FUCK YEAH!!

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  3. 3

    wow….i'm surprisingly not interested

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  6. 6

    Re: abercorey – I think Nurse Allison is Bouge in disguise!!!

  7. 7

    Re: Andy27 – who were they with? some bum? then i'd suggest turning it inside out first

  8. 8

    FIRST - He looks gay but does have kids.

  9. 9

    Fancy road kill, great.

  10. 10

    Re: Andy27 – i think most would say yes if that was the case.
    i would.

  11. 11

    how is that legal and where is he getting those animals?..

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  13. 13

    Re: Andy27

    whatt if it was a million??? I'd absolutely do it

  14. 14

    Wow that last piece was the majority of his profits..You have to be crazy rich..and crazy to buy that stuff…What job allows you that sort of crazy financial freedom?..Or are they royals?..I dunno its all strange lol…who spends that much on a dead animal..Id want a live bengal tiger! haha

  15. 15

    Re: Andy27

    lmao I thought about that too!! but you'd think she would have learned not to use pics of any models or actresses…hell, steal them off some bitches myspace!! lol

  16. 16

    That's great news!

  17. 17

    Re: Andy27 – lol ur still talking about that condom?..it took me like 2 minutes to realize what you meant…I thought you mean Brad or Becks in that preservation stuff.

  18. 18

    Re: Andy27 – Why do you think theyre the same person I thought she was your "friend" on here….

    I still wanna know the story on the person who got fired for emailing perez hilton from her work.

  19. 19

    Re: abercorey – ugh…u make it hard to turn it down, but yeah, for a cool million, i'd have to. i'd just cross my fingers i dont wake up the next morning with a mouth full of sores!!

  20. 20

    yo perez;
    what is he doing with all that money?????

  21. 21

    Re: Andy27 – Yeah, I'm bouge… jk

  22. 22

    i love how insane hirst is.

  23. 23

    This is almost as bad as that death exhibit Guilani stood up against a couple years back.

  24. 24

    First of all, Sensation was not a 'death' exhibit - it was an exhibition of cutting edge contemporary art featuring several of the YBAs ('Young British Artists'), one of whom is Hirst. Giuliani reacted a lot like the critics who bashed the Impressionists in the 19th century, saying that what they were doing could not be classified as art. Look where that got them. Secondly, Hirst doesn't kill the animals, he just uses taxidermied animals to make his work, just as Natural History Museums use them for their displays. Not unethical by any means. He is one of the most respectable contemporary artists in the world, although I can understand if his work does not appeal to you personally.

  25. 25

    its actually 140 american dollars. yes your economy is shit and dont even try to hide it.

  26. 26

    Gold plated taxidermy … oh so classy. Fools.

    What is the saying about a fool and their money parting quickly? There you have it theory in action.

  27. 27

    I'd like to see Andy27 with his extremeties painted gold and floating in a tank of formaldehyde. I doubt anyone would want to buy it - but I'd still like to see that . . .

  28. 28

    This guy's work is disgusting.
    I'm sick of people hiding behind "ART", when in reality they are just deranged in the head!

  29. 29

    Re: DebteeRe: DebteeRe: Debtee

    Wow, way to judge something you clearly know absolutely nothing about…

    Hirst may not be my personal favorite, but I can respect that the guy is incredibly talented and intelligent… unlike some people on this site who truly seem 'deranged in the head' in the sense that they are so unbelievably sheltered and closed minded that they would make blanket statements about all people of a particular professions, religeon, race, political party, etc.

    Grow up. And go to a museum. You might learn something.

  30. 30

    I bedazzled my turd once and sold it to a tranny for $30 . . . and got a hand job. Art is art.

  31. 31

    David Beckham bought one of his pieces, it was made out of dead butterflies. Hirst's art is nothing compared to Adel Abdessemed, he is disgusting.