His + Hirst

I always like a bargain when taxidermy shopping. Sotheby's London is keeping its fingers crossed that a lot of people appreciate a taxidermy mark up. A whole slew of Damien Hirst's prized formaldehyde-soaked carcasses (and medicine cabinets and paintings and marble statues) hit the block on Sept. 15. The crowning jewel of the sale: The Golden Calf, a little white cow with 14K gold horns and an angelic gold disk in a big ole tank. It can be yours for an estimated £8 million to £12 million. The "Damien Hirst: Beautiful Inside My Head Forever" catalog went online today.

Anatomy of an Angel (estimated to go for £1 million to £1.5 million)

Transience Painting 1 (est. bids: £400,000 to £600,000)


  1. I love the calf. I know I shouldn't but I honestly would buy the calf. The famous shark, however, never sparked my interest.

  2. I love it, too! And the sicko in me couldn't get enough of his Lever House installation. Those flanks on either side of the chair (loved that chair...)

  3. HOBAC says:

    Simply cannot wait for the viewing of this sale.

  4. The Lever House installation was outrageous and haunting. It reminded me, in a way, of the movie "Coma". Have you ever seen that? With Genevieve Bujold? Not a great film, quite creepy though. But all those body parts in the glass cabinets just reminded me a bit of that film.

  5. Oh...I'll have to check it out. I loved the small details -- like how the sheep had UK stamps on them. I'm shocked that more people didn't try to steal those little piles of dirt.

  6. Unknown says:


    I'm into your blog in the last two weeks from Tokyo.

    I've just got Damien Catalogue for this show yesterday, and it was worth more than its price ($160).