Damien Hirst painted AK47 rifle fetches £55,000



2015-06-26 10:53:26

Damien Hirst painted AK47 rifle fetches £55,000

An assault rifle, spin-painted in bright colours and signed by artist Damien Hirst, has sold for the benefit of peace charity Peace One Day, with the auction bringing a total of $657,000.

After an estimate of £25,000-£35,000, Hirst's gun sold at the October 4th auction, organised by Phillips de Pury, for £55,000.

The project AKA Peace was the brainchild of photographer and ex-soldier Bran Symondson. It asked several big names in contemporary art to produce works inspired by the AK-47 assault rifle, an ‘instantly recognisable icon of war and destruction’. The artists were instructed to ‘give this icon a new identity in the name of peace’, to transform the symbol of violence into a work of beauty and interest.

The resulting 24 Kalashnikov-inspired artworks were displayed in an exhibition at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts, and donated to be auctioned to raise money for Peace One Day’s Global Truce 2013 campaign.

Other works included a metal sculpture by Antony Gormley called ‘Silence’, representing a human figure with a decommissioned AK-47 fitted inside the body. This sold for £50,000.

The exhibition was created by Jake Chapman, who with his brother Dinos, was also a contributing artist. The Chapman Brothers’ fiber glass sculptures of Pinocchio-nosed girls toting AK-47s, titled ‘Yin’ and ‘Yang’ fetched £35,000 and £45,000.

Other contributing artists included Marc Quinn and Sam Taylor-Wood.

The total raised for the Global Truce 2013 campaign by the 24 lots was £417,100.

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