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Damien Hirst Pill Cabinet Sets Auction Record


Damien Hirst's "Lullaby Spring" is now the most expensive work by a living artist ever sold at auction, picked up by an anonymous collector for $19.2 million at Sotheby's. It consists of 6,136 hand-crafted cast pills.

According to the Associated Foreign Press, "The 2002 work, which is part of a series of stainless steel cabinets that are an allegory for the four seasons, was expected to sell for up to four million pounds, and beat the previous record of 17.4 million dollars for a work by Jasper Johns sold at Christie's in New York last month."

Another piece in Hirst's pill series "Lullaby Winter" (below) sold for $7.4 million at Christie's last month.


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  1. I don't get it.

    Posted by: Brian | Jun 22, 2007 2:48:35 PM

  2. Oh Christ, this needs to stop. Doesn't anyone actually paint or sculpt anymore?

    Posted by: FASTLAD | Jun 22, 2007 3:15:19 PM

  3. Andy, with all due respect, it's not the Associated Foreign Press. AFP stands for Agence France-Presse, the oldest news agency in the world.

    Posted by: Anon | Jun 22, 2007 3:41:12 PM

  4. what a bitch this would be to dust. (btw i think it's fucking brilliant)

    Posted by: anthony in sf | Jun 22, 2007 4:54:59 PM

  5. all this overpriced/overvalued so-called art just goes to show how shamelessly ultra rich the super rich have become. they have nothing better to do with their money than spend tens and hundreds of millions on 'art' these days. these people should be properly and progressively taxed and made to reinvest in the infrastructure of our poor country which is just being run down and ruined in the public realm/sector - all the while the rich go off and vacation on their 200 foot yachts in the bahamas or the french riviera etc etc eat the rich. and put an end to this speculation in art

    Posted by: michael72 | Jun 23, 2007 6:57:29 AM

  6. It is sculpture. Each "pill" is individually cast and painted.

    Posted by: marc | Jun 24, 2007 11:07:59 PM

  7. More than you can afford, pal.

    Posted by: Ian | Oct 18, 2010 1:38:01 PM

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