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Damien Hirst The Kingdom (Tiger Shark)|
Title: The Kingdom, 2008
Tiger shark, glass, steel, silicone and formaldehyde
solution with steel plinth.
British artists - Animal
About The Kingdom
The formaldehyde sculpture of a Tiger Shark
by Damien Hirst shows a real shark with an
open mouth. Hirst's first formaldehyde shark
by Hirst was "The Physical Impossibility
of Death in the Mind of Someone Living"
created in 1991.
The 2008 work by Damien Hirst was one of the
lots in the Sotheby's auction called "Beautiful
Inside My Head Forever" where the artist
sidestepped the traditional gallery system
to sell works directly through an auction
Damien Hirst said "After the success
of the Pharmacy auction, I always felt I would
like to do another auction.
Its a very democratic way to sell art
and it feels like a natural evolution for
contemporary art. Although there is
risk involved, I embrace the challenge of
selling my work in this way. I never want
to stop working with my
galleries. This is different. The worlds
changing, ultimately I need to see where this
(His Pharmacy auction sold 168 lots through
Sotheby's, raising $20,063,528 in 2004)