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Damien Hurst?s Commode Chair goes under the hammer

December 4, 2012

He?s preserved animals in formaldehyde, recreated a human skull in platinum - adorned with over 8,000 diamonds - and created album artwork for legendary rock band The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and now, Damien Hirst?s ?Commode Chair for 100% Weird?, is being sold by auctioneers Dreweatts for a guide price of ?15,000 - ?20,000.  The ?Commode Chair?, designed by Hirst and constructed by Mike Smith (Hirst?s long-time collaborator), featured in his 1994 film 100% Weird, and is made from welded steel with a bedpan seat. Recognised as the enfant terrible of the contemporary art world, Hirst?s piece is going under the hammer on December 11th, alongside urban art from other cult artists including Banksy, Shepherd Fairey and D*Face.  The art sale, taking place at Dreweatts? Maddox Street showroom in Mayfair, also includes a unique silkscreen by Andy Warhol, valued at ?50 - ?70,000. Contemporary art has seen a huge appreciation in value in the last decade, with high profile collectors including Hollywood actors, royalty and even David Cameron welcomed President Obama to the White House with a piece from British urban artist Eine. Online bidding for the sale is available at www.artfact.com, www.epailive.com, www.liveauctioneers.com and www.the-saleroom.com.

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