Damien Hirst is holding an auction of some two hundred and twenty three lots of his work. The proceeds of four of these will go to charity . The lots include sketches, paintings and the usual large Hirst trademark installations.
One highlight is a piece entitled “The Goldren Calf” – a preserved bull crowned by a solid gold disc. It’s expected to fetch between £8M and £12M. I wonder if George Michael and Kenny Goss will buy that? It would sit beautifully with another Hirst piece they already own – Saint Sebastian (see the photograph above). If Damian Hirst were to stick a red cock on top of the gold disc, I think George and Kenny would buy it for sure. To George, the gold disc would represent his love of music and recording. To Kenny, the red cock would represent his love of red cocks! Perfect!
Anyway, even if George and Kenny don’t buy that piece, as some of the world’s leading Hirst collectors, it would be surprising if they didn’t buy a few of the lots for the Goss-Michael foundation. Aside from the really big-ticket items, the lots will probably average around two hundred and fifth thousand pounds each (half a million US dollars).