Posts Tagged ‘Damien Hirst’

LONDON CALLING///DAMIEN HIRST ON THE AUCTION BLOCK

September 15, 2008  |  Damien Hirst, London, News, Next Big Thing  |  Comments Off

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Just rolled into London to catch the upcoming DAMIEN HIRST auctions on Monday and Tuesday, September 15th & 16th at SOTHEBY'S. Titled "Beautiful Inside My Head Forever" sale is revolutionary in both size and precedent, as no other artist has ever offered this much original directly to the buying public via auction before. If all 223 pieces of art ranging from spin art skull paintings to new pickled tank animal pieces sell as briskly as critics are predicting, the British Bad Boy stands to net over £120 million from the sale. Not a bad take for a couple days of gavel banging. Stay tuned to Supertouch in the coming days for the full update...

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NEWS///LONDON///DAMIEN HIRST’S $160,000 SEX PISTOLS CLOTHING COLLECTION DECLARED FAKE…

August 6, 2008  |  Art & Commerce, Art Crimes, London, News  |  Comments Off

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Above: McLaren & Hirst. Below: One of the alleged original fake garments in question...

The world’s highest-paid living artist, DAMIEN HIRST recently shelled out $160,000 of his hard-earned diamond skull money to a private collector for a wardrobe of original punk clothing created by Sex Pistols impresario MALCOLM McLAREN and VIVIENNE WESTWOOD for their legendary 1970s shop SEX & SEDITIONARIES, only to have it all declared fake by McLaren himself. Purchased from longtime McLaren archivist SIMON EASTON as an intended addition to Hirst’s private museum currently under construction, McLaren examined the entire collection at Hirst’s home shortly thereafter only to find the entire lot was comprised of authentic-looking bootlegs. “Seeing these clothes, I said, ‘Wow, they've gone to great lengths to manufacture the labels, and distress the fabrics,’” McLaren explained, “but clearly they were not the fabrics we used 35 years ago, and the stitching was totally different. And there were bags and bags of them. We simply didn't make that many. I mean, we literally made these clothes on my kitchen floor. They were each unique.” While Hirst remains under gag order pending legal action against the collector, Easton maintains that “absolutely everything my clients have purchased is authentic. McLaren actually had very little input in the design of the clothes; he’ll rewrite history on a daily basis. He has less knowledge about these clothes than the people who collect them.” Ever get the feeling you’ve been “cheet-ed”?...

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McLaren & Westwood's "Sex" shoppe as it appeared at 430 King's Road in the '70s...

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ART & COMMERCE///DAMIEN HIRST x BANKSY PAINTING FETCHES $1.8 MIL…

February 14, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Banksy, Damien Hirst, Graffiti, News, NYC, Openings, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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Banksy parts Damien Hirst's curtains...

Well, the results from today's Valentine's Day (AUCTION) RED at SOTHEBY'S NYC are in and from the look of things on the auction block, you'd never guess we're in the middle of a full-blown recession. The charity event's buzz piece, a collaborative painting between British bad boys DAMIEN HIRST and BANKSY titled "Keep it Spotless" with is actually a reworking by Banksy of an existing Hirst piece fetched an impressive $1,870,000 USD, far exceeding its estimated price of $250,000—$350,000. The real winner of the evening, however, was Hirst, whose prices skyrocketed through the auction with his most expensive work, the massive stainless steel pill case titled "Where There's a Will There's a Way" going for an astounding $7,150,000 USD. We're guessing the fact that all purchases were tax-deductible went a long way to opening bidder's wallets. Luckily, it's all for a good cause. In total, the auction raised $42m for Aids relief & research...


Bad fashion twins Bono & Hirst tour the exhibit (gotta love Damien's guido diamond skull leather jacket)...

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TECHNIQUE///THE MAKING OF DAMIEN HIRST’S DIAMOND SKULL…

July 21, 2007  |  art, Damien Hirst, Feature, London  |  Comments Off

526448524_f3c50a8c82.jpg Much has been said about British bad boy artist DAMIEN HIRST's groundbreaking $100 million diamond-encrusted platinum skull titled "For The Love of God" since it went on display at London's White Cube Gallery in June, but to date, little has been revealed about the making of this bling masterpiece, until now. Supertouch offers a step-by-step look at the creation of this masterwork which was created FOR the artist by some of the masters of European jewelry making at London's Bentley & Skinner using over 8,601 of the world's most perfect, flawless diamonds and 2,156 grams of fresh platinum (not to mention $28 million of the artist's own money).

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