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Hirst original to go under the hammer

Thursday, 05 December 2013


An original sketch by the internationally renowned artist Damien Hirst is to sell at Ottery Auction Rooms.
Mr Hirst dedicated the sketch to the housekeeper at Chanters House, Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s former residence, when he visited the town for the annual Tar Barrels event in 2001.
The hand-drawn piece shows a map of Europe on the face of a cube, with a message that reads: “For Col, it’s a strange world. Love, Damien Hirst.”
The 22cm by 27cm artwork has been verified by the Hirst Authentication Committee and will go into the Fine Art and Antique Sale at Ottery Auction Rooms on January 16th.
David Sumner, principal valuer at Ottery Auction Rooms, estimates that the sketch will sell for between £300 and £500, but said it had the potential to make a substantial amount more.
He said: “Items like this do not often come up for sale and it could make a considerable amount of money.
“A lot of people come through the door anyway but this will open us up to a completely different clientele.”
Mr Hirst is most famous for his series of artworks depicting animals preserved in formaldehyde. In 2008, Hirst’s The Golden Calf sold for a record-breaking £10.3 million.
Mr Sumner added: “Most people will never be able to afford an original Damien Hirst piece but this one will be available for anyone to buy.
“A lot of his stuff is kept in galleries but this is the sort of thing that can hang in someone’s front room.”
Mr Sumner and his partner Sue Telfer established Ottery Auction Rooms earlier this year.
Mr Sumner has over 15 years dealing directly in the antiques trade, both as an auctioneer and as an antique dealer, and says this is one of the most exciting items he has come across.
He said: It is a fantastic coup for us to have something like this. One of our remits when we started the business up was to have interesting things coming through the door and this absolutely fits the bill.
“I’m excited by anything that is a bit quirky and has a great story behind it. In this case it is not about the money, it is a great feel-good story.
“It is just amazing how it has all come together. It was a really nice thing for Mr Hirst to do and it is also great for the town as a whole to be recognised in this way.”

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