The Market Didn’t Choke on Damien Hirst’s Pills
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The Market Didn’t Choke on Damien Hirst’s Pills

The Contemporary sale catalogues are appearing online for London’s sales in February. As often happens when auction specialists react to previous sales histories, similar works are coming to market to capitalize on strong sales and satisfy underbidders. Of particular interest this season is the appearance of two very similar pill cabinet works by Damien Hirst. Phillips will offer In Search of Reality (2007) and Sotheby’s will have In Search of Nirvana (2007) with an estimate of £1.5-1.8m (Phillips has not published its estimate.) Both these sales follow the curious sale last year of Hirst’s Lullaby Winter , a work from 2002 that was originally comprised along with three other cabinets in Lullaby, the Seasons . Evidently the seasons were split up because Lullaby Winter was offered at Christie’s in May of 2007 as the Contemporary art market rise, and Hirst’s fame and appeal, were all cresting. The 2007 sale was recorded as $7.4m in New York. Shortly thereafter, in the London sales of June 2007, another work, Lullaby Spring , from the original four Lullaby cabinets sold at Sotheby’s in London […]

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