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Hirst sale facts

22 September 2008Written by ATG Reporter

• The sale was the first ever auction dedicated to the new work of a single artist.

• This was most lucrative sale ever dedicated to a single artist, breaking the sale of 88 Pablo Picasso works from the Stanley J. Seeger collection at Sotheby’s New York in 1993 which realised $32m (£21m).

• The sale’s exhibition was the largest exhibition of works by Damien Hirst ever staged.

• The exhibition was held over 11 days and took up all 13 gallery rooms at Sotheby’s. It was viewed by 21,000 people. This was the longest-ever pre-sale viewing for an auction and nine times the average attendance for a contemporary art viewing at Sotheby’s.

• The sale sold a record number of catalogues at £50 each.

• The average lot value was £1.3m including premium. This was the third highest for a sale of contemporary art at Sotheby’s London.

• The average lot value at the day sales was £250,193 – the highest at Sotheby’s London for contemporary day sale. There were 750 registered bidders.

• Five lots sold to benefit charity, raising over £3m.

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