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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...

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George Michael and Kenny Goss Show Off Preserved Carcasses


While George Michael waits for Banksy to tag his English mansion, his partner Kenny Goss holds up the Texas end of the art fortune.

"Most people initially freak a little bit about Sebastian, then they stare and stare at it and they say, 'That's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen," said Kenny Goss about Damien Hirst's "Saint Sebastian, Exquisite Pain" (above) which Goss and his partner George Michael purchased last summer and which is now on display in Dallas at a Hirst-curated show at the couple's gallery.

Goss and Michael are also giving back to the community: "The foundation will be awarding two $5,000 scholarships to students at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, one in Michael's name for music and one in Goss' name for art. There are also two more $5,000 scholarships offered, one for Dallas-Fort Worth area students, the other for students statewide."

Said Goss: "We want to expose the Dallas art community to work that they've quite potentially never seen if they weren't able to travel, these works that in some ways may be a little controversial for one thing, a little strong. But let's face it, art a lot of times is about sex, love, death, loss."

George Michael Brings His Art Collection to Texas [fox news]

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80's Metal Band Skull Shouts at the Devil


BoingBoing yesterday showed off this genius skull made of melted 80's metal band tapes by Brian Dettmer, which I find has more depth as a piece of "art" than Damien Hirst's $100 million extravagance, "For the Love of God". Although it is perhaps a bit incorrect to disregard Hirst's piece simply for its excess, as that's partly what it's about.

I do love that Motley Crue's "Shout at the Devil" is the basis for the tape skull's jaws.

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Damien Hirst Skull Fetches Asking Price of $100 Million


Damien Hirst's diamond-encrusted skull entitled "For the Love of God" has sold to an investment group for its full asking price of $100 million, it has been revealed. No additional details about the buyer were disclosed.

The platinum skull, which is covered with 8,601 diamonds weighing 1,106.18 carats, cost $20 million to make according to the artist. It was cast from a 35-year-old 18th century European man and contains its original teeth.

Said a spokeswoman for the artist: "Damien Hirst has retained a participation in the work -- he still owns a share of it -- in order that he can oversee a global tour of the work that is currently being planned." Hirst's manager said that he anticipated the sale would close within three to four weeks.

A pictorial on the making of the skull was published in July.

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Damien Hirst, The Bedazzler Revealed


Jockohomo points us to this interesting post over at Supertouch, which details the construction of Damien Hirst's most recent extravagance, "For the Love of God".

The 18th century skull of a mid-30-year-old man had its teeth removed and cleaned for re-insertion as its mandibles and 32 individual plates were re-cast in platinum awaiting the "massive 52.40 carat flawless light fancy pink, brilliant-cut, pear-shaped diamond" that is the work's finishing touch.

If you watch closely, you will realize you can do this on the cheap with some silver paint, a trip to your local Halloween shop, and a quick dial-in for the Bedazzler.

Hirst's $100 million skull (which cost the artist $20 million to make) apparently still awaits a buyer.

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George Michael, who is said to have his eye on Damien Hirst's diamond-encrusted skull, has gone ahead and opened his wallet for something a bit darker, a work by the artist entitled "Saint Sebastian, Exquisite Pain":

"The installation features the body of a black calf pierced by dozens of arrows and attached with cable to a steel post, set in a tank of formaldehyde. The artwork is based on the story of the martyr Saint Sebastian, whose biblical story inspired the 1976 homo-erotic film 'Sebastiane.'

At $7 million, it's reportedly Hirst's fourth most expensive creation.

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