Damien Hirst

1965

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Status, estimation and price of the artist Damien Hirst

Price of a painting by the artist: 880 – 910,000 €.

Price of a drawing by the artist: 390 – 200,000 €.

Estimation of a print by the artist: 110 – 39,000 €.

Estimation of a sculpture by the artist: 220 – 4 500,000 €.

Estimation of a photograph of the artist: 1,700 – 14,000 €.

Price of the artist’s furniture: 650 – 17,s100 €.

Price of one of the artist’s ceramics: 80 – 800 €.

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Damien Hirst’s training

Damien Hirst is an English artist, born in Bristol on 7 June 1965. His childhood was marked by his turbulent behaviour. Drawing is the only thing in which he set himself apart in a positive way.

He entered the Leeds College of Art with a two-year degree course because he was refused entry through the normal route. In 1986 he entered the University of Goldsmiths in London to study Fine Art, as his academic results did not allow him to enter St. Martin’s College of Art.

Damien Hirst and his relationship to death

In the 1980s, he worked as a sculptor and curator and made his mark on the art scene as a member of the Young British Artists. He presented his first solo exhibition entitled In and Out of Love in 1991.

Damien Hirst is best known for his installations dealing with the theme of death. During his studies, he worked in a morgue. He is now working on a series that presents the corpses of animals such as sheep, pigs and tigers. Hirst immerses these animals, sometimes with their internal organs revealed, in formalin, a chemical compound used as a preservative, and displayed in aquariums.

His artistic activity is also punctuated by the making of paintings or short films.

He continues to develop his installations, which became increasingly macabre and often show splashes of blood. For example, he created black monochromes with dead flies stuck on them and relics and showcases with the heads of cows supposedly representing Christ and his apostles.

His achievements have been criticised and many denounce his lack of ethics and his use of once-living animals.

Damien Hirst and the art market

In 2007, Sotheby’s London sold an installation by the artist entitled Lullaby Spring showing a metal medicine cabinet filled with pills for over $19 million.

In September 2008, Hirst himself organised an auction of his works at Sotheby’s instead of going through the classic gallery circuit. The auction was a great success, but it is said that many galleries participated in artificially raising the bidding so that the artist’s status would not drop.

In 2015, he opened his own gallery in London, The Newport Street Gallery.

Recognising Damien Hirst’s signature

Like many artists, Hirst did not sign all of his works. However, you will find below an example of the signatures to give you an idea. Variations of these signatures do exist, do not hesitate to contact one of our experts to formally authenticate a signature.

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Appraising and selling a piece by Damien Hirst

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