Damien Hirst's $200 Million Art Sale Breaks Record

Damien Hirst's $200 Million Art Sale Breaks Record
Damien Hirst
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09/17/2008 AT 08:40 AM EDT

British artist Damien Hirst should have no beef with anyone after sales from a two-day auction of his works reached $200.7 million.

His formaldehyde sculpture The Golden Calf sold for $18.4 million at the "Beautiful Inside My Head Forever" auction at Sotheby's in London.

The sale broke the record for a piece by Hirst. The Kingdom, another embalmed animal – a tiger shark – previously sold for $17 million.

And according to the auction house, another record was broken in the 218-piece sale: the total netted for a single-artist auction was set in 1993 when a Picasso sale with 88 works brought $20 million.

"I think the market is bigger than anyone knows," Hirst said after the sale. "I love art and this proves I'm not alone and the future looks great for everyone!"
Mari Kasanuki

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