Damien Hirst lamb artwork to auction for $3.8m at Christie's



2015-06-26 13:08:33

Damien Hirst lamb artwork to auction for $3.8m at Christie's

Damien Hirst's Away from the Flock, a lamb submerged in formaldehyde, will highlight

Damien Hirst's Away from the Flock, Divided lamb artworkis to provide one of the many highlights in Christie's Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction, which will be held on February 13 in London.

Featuringa sheep, divided in two and submerged in a glass tank of formaldehyde, the gruesome piece is expected to see bids in the region of 1.8m-2.5m ($2.8m-3.8m). It was last sold by Christie's in 2006, when it realised $3.3m.

Damien Hirst Away from the Flock The work plays on Christian metaphors, focusing on the vulnerability of the lamb

Should itsell at the top of its estimatethe work will have displayed a 12.5% increase in value.

The current record for his work was set at a landmark Hirst auction at Sotheby's in 2008 by The Golden Calf, which sold for 10.3m ($16.2m). The sale itself was also a record-breaker, seeing a final realisation of 111m ($198m) - more than any other single artist auction.

Away from the Flockwas executed in 1995, with its two parts each measuring 46 by 73 inches. In the Tate Modern catalogue for his 2012 exhibition, it is described as being"as totemic asymbol of his artistic identity as The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living" - Hirst's famous shark in a tank.

The work plays on the Christian metaphor of the shepherd and his flock, as well as highlighting the vulnerability of the lamb, especiallyin contrast to Hirst's earlier shark piece. It was acquired by the present owner from the White Cube gallery in London.

While Christie's offers the work at 2.5m, Paul Fraser Collectibles is currently selling two original pieces of Hirst's art for a fraction of the price - don't miss your chance to own an item that very few collectors ever will.

Also featuring in the sale will be David Hockney's only Egyptian painting, which is expected to lead at 3.5m ($5.6m).

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