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Intergalactic Damien Hirst artwork to be auctioned

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: March 04, 2014

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An impressive Damien Hirst work heads up an exciting new sale of painting, sculpture, photography and modern design at Bonhams tomorrow.

The piece by the Hirst, who has a house in Combe Martin, is estimated at £60,000 to £80,000. Conceived as a single work, "Beautiful Intergalactic Fantasmagoria in a Rainbow Big Bang Explosion, Let's Have More Intercourse 2012", is formed from nine iconic spin paintings on paper laid together.

Another highlight, Banksy's Keep It Real, depicts a stick figure with a billboard against a bright blue ground.

This work is estimated to sell for £50,000 to £70,000, and was acquired directly from the artist by the present owner in 2002.

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During the A Contemporary Edge sale, Bonhams will also be auctioning works by eight leading contemporary artists to raise funds for SHAPE, the UK's leading arts charity which works to help disabled people engage with art and culture.

Amongst those who have donated are Sir Antony Gormley, Angela de la Cruz, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Marc Quinn and Tacita Dean.

Gareth Williams, Head of Contemporary Art at Bonhams, comments: "We are delighted to be launching this new and exciting sale format, our first to be held in Bonhams' brand new flagship salerooms.

"The curated section offers a fantastic opportunity to acquire works by artists that are new to the auction world.

"We are also proud to be supporting Shape in their fundraising efforts towards such a great arts-based cause."

A Contemporary Edge takes place tomorrow at Bonhams' New Bond Street salerooms. Viewing takes place tonight until 6pm and between 9am to 3pm tomorrow. The auction starts at 6pm.

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