Damien Hirsts earliest painting up for sale

April 6th, 2008 - 4:59 pm ICT by admin  

London , April 6 (ANI): British artist Damien Hirsts acrylic painting of a dying crow, one of his earliest works known, is up for sale.

He produced it when he was 18.

A Yorkshire woman, who was a schoolfriend of Hirst, was given the painting as a present 25 years ago.

And she is now putting the work, which could now be worth a small fortune, possibly into six figures, for sale.

The woman used to hang the untitled picture, which measures 2ft by 18in, on her living room wall but for the past 10 years it has been stored in a bank vault due to its presumed worth.

The canvas bears Hirsts signature and it was painted on the kitchen table of a house in Leeds where his long-time professional partner Hugh Allan lived a quarter of a century ago.

At the time, Allan was a roommate of the woman who now owns the painting.

Hirst lived around the corner with his mother. The four used to hang out together doing art and going to gigs.

Damien did the painting at the house I was living at in Leeds , just around the corner where he was living with his mum. He did it on the kitchen table, and simply said here you are, have it as a pressie, Times Online quoted the woman, as saying.

We then went off to a local jumble shop to get a frame. It was like quite a few of the other paintings he had done at school full of blood, gore and horror.

I could never bring myself to throw it away even though for years Damien himself was never famous. In fact I thought that of the two that Marcus was going to be more famous, but I may be a bit biased as I went out with Marcus for five years.

Damien certainly always had this get-up-and-go, and was always even as a teenager very good at selling himself. It obviously stayed with him, she added. (ANI)

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