Damien Hirst, For The Love Of God 2007. Who knew you could spend £50 million in H. Samuel?
News via Popbitch, Adam Macqueen and Private Eye that the Art World’s richest living ideas man, Damien Hirst, is suing a 16 year-old graffiti artist who used an image of Hirst’s diamond encrusted platinum skull, For The Love Of God, in a series of collages.
Richer than Croesus — ar at least his maker, Charles Saatchi — Hirst made £95 million out of his recent firesale, and sold the diamond head for £50 million. Sixteen year-old Cartrain made £200 from his exhibitiion and now Damien (anyone found the 666 tattoo on his scalp, yet?) wants it all. Bwa-ha-ha!
Hirst’s former buddy and fellow artist, John LeKay, is living in fear of the midnight knock at the door by m’learned friend due to his own clever anticipation of Damien’s output and the production of a body of artwork uncannily identical to the oeuvre of the young genius.
John LeKay, This Is My Body, This Is My Blood 1987
Damien Hirst, Name Of The Father 2006
Learning from his litigation experience concerning Hymn, the up-sized version of the Humbrol anatomy toy, and Robert Dixon's Fermat circles, Hirst is thought to be considering suing the ancient South American tribes who carved the crystal skulls that may have suggested themselves to him in his jewellery line. And the makers of the diamond-covered Berettas favoured by Russian oligarchs are quaking in their boots as Damien bravely takes them on. Not.
Madam Miaow says ... best of luck to Cartrain. Unless you are in Saatchi's stable and this is all a publicity stunt. In which case we make you eat your collages.
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