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. 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. hiroruri 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).