After the closure of Pharmacy Restaurant & Bar (1997-2003), Sotheby’s hosted a comprehensive auction of the contents of the Notting Hill restaurant designed by Hirst. This is a signed copy of the original catalogue.
The 166 lots included tableware, furniture and wallpaper from the restaurant, as well as original artworks. Alongside spot paintings, butterfly monochromes and ‘Medicine Cabinets’ were unique sculptures such as ‘The Molecular Structure’ (1997-1998), a large minimally coloured, fibreglass model that had been the restaurant’s focal piece.
Every item at the auction was sold, and prices far exceeding original estimates. Three specially created works of art were sold at the auction, the proceeds from them being donated to the charities SCOPE, Strummerville and the Royal Academy of Arts. All works are included in the catalogue with images and a description.
Damien Hirst was born in Bristol in 1965. He first came to public attention in 1988 when he conceived and curated ‘Freeze’, an exhibition of his own work and that of his contemporaries at Goldsmiths college, staged in a disused London warehouse. Since this time Hirst has become widely recognised as one of the most influential artists of his generation.
Through a varied practise of installation, sculpture, painting and drawing Hirst has sought to explore the complex relationship between art, life and death. Alongside over 80 solo exhibitions he has worked on numerous curatorial projects. In 2008, Hirst took the unprecedented step of bypassing gallery involvement in selling 244 new works at a Sotheby’s, London auction entitled ‘Beautiful Inside My Head Forever’.
Hirst was awarded the Turner Prize in 1995 and his contribution to British art over the last two and a half decades has been acknowledged in a major solo retrospective exhibited at Tate Modern, London. He lives in Devon and has studios in Gloucester and London.
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