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Damien Hirst Unveils New Formaldehyde Menagerie


Damien Hirst is holding an auction in September of more than 200 new pieces at Sotheby's:

"The auction is predicted to raise £65m, comfortably setting a new world record for the artist, and blazing a trail which other artists will watch with interest, of bypassing the gallery and dealer system and going straight to auction."

The auction will feature many of his trademark natural works in formaldehyde, including The Dream (above) a white foal with a long slender horn, in white framed tank, The Kingdom (below) a tiger shark in a black framed tank...

"The top lot, estimated at up to £12m, is The Golden Calf - a title continuing Hirst's interest in religious themes, referring to the false idol set up and worshipped by the Israelites before an enraged Moses berated them for idolatory. The piece is a tank made of glass and gold-plated steel, holding a real calf with solid 18 carat hoofs, horns and golden disc on its head."


Two more shots AFTER THE JUMP...


The Immaculate Heart - Lost, a bull's heart split by a dagger, and The Incredible Journey, a zebra in a white framed tank.


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  1. Ooooh, a zebra encased in formaldehyde is just what I've been looking for to place on my mantle.

    Posted by: crispy | Jul 29, 2008 5:50:14 PM

  2. I feel bad for those poor animals It's so wrong that he would kill those animals for his so-called Art

    Posted by: Rodney | Jul 29, 2008 6:05:36 PM

  3. It's like a new car. Take it out of the show room and it instantly falls in price. It's an investment not a work of art.

    Posted by: Bud | Jul 29, 2008 6:30:34 PM

  4. I cannot wait to see Hirst floating in a cabinet full of formaldehyde. I'd pay a dollar or two for that.

    Posted by: Timothy | Jul 29, 2008 7:27:03 PM

  5. There are different schools of art. There is the "Impressionist" school. There is the "Cubist" school. There is the "Pop" school.

    I call this "The Greater Fool" school.

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Jul 29, 2008 9:24:44 PM

  6. gross

    Posted by: Tex... | Jul 29, 2008 9:28:28 PM

  7. If I wanted buy rotting meat, couldn't I just go to the local McDonalds?

    Posted by: Bill | Jul 29, 2008 10:03:40 PM

  8. It's getting harder and harder to be bizarre these days. I have offically seen everything now.

    Posted by: key | Jul 29, 2008 10:18:23 PM

  9. wow! I loved that dead cow w/ the arrows in it but the horse and the zebra r amazingly beautiful! I wish I was rich :(

    Posted by: Brandon | Jul 29, 2008 11:23:27 PM

  10. isn't Hirst the real golden calf?

    £65m???? ridiculous. i suppose if their is enough cachet attatched to it, some people would pay huge coin for shit on a shingle.

    Posted by: nic | Jul 29, 2008 11:40:55 PM

  11. It reminds me of the Bodies Exhibition. Ugh. Thankfully these animals still wear their skins. I'm just a little curious about the collector's bio.

    Posted by: Kenny | Jul 30, 2008 12:03:54 AM

  12. oops! the ubiquitous their/there stupid mistake.

    Posted by: nic | Jul 30, 2008 12:20:46 AM

  13. Hirst is a douchebag and the formaldehyde thing is played. Thankfully for him, there is no shortage of culturally-moronic bankers looking to "invest" in this crap.

    Posted by: Christopher | Jul 30, 2008 12:42:13 PM

  14. PHILISTINES, all of youse!!!

    Posted by: bading | Jul 31, 2008 5:52:54 AM

  15. Paul Bartlett created an oil painting about 3 decades ago that preceded the combined look of Damien Hurst formaldehyde art works and Von Hagen's plastinations. While an MA student at the RA Schools in London (1977-80) he painted 'Masochistic', which was inspired by prolonged direct observation of a Royal Academy life room plaster cast of a flayed figure. (If this "post a comment" could accept images, a jpeg of it could have been emailed at the same time.) It was accepted and hung in the 1979 RA Summer Exhibition, at the same time as a very different painting was exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Featuring back gardens in Penge, it was hung between garden paintings by Stanley Spencer and and Spencer Gore. 'Penge' had previously won first prize in 'The Stowells Trophy', a competition for all the art colleges and universities in the country. As well as being awarded the prestigious 'Royal Academy Schools Turner Gold Medal'.

    More recently another painting by Paul Bartlett was awarded overall first prize in a major painting competition set up to be on a par with the Turner Prize, but specifically to reward figurative painting, called 'Not the Turner Prize, 2004'. This, a portrait of his grandmother, is currently on show again until January 3rd 2010, in an exhibition called 'Birmingham Seen' at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, England.

    More information about Paul Bartlett is viewable at

    Posted by: Paul Bartlett | Dec 4, 2009 10:43:32 AM

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