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Thursday, 8 October, 1998, 15:49 GMT 16:49 UK
Formaldehyde fish a catch at 150,000
Hirst's first formaldehyde creation to be sold at auction
Hirst's first formaldehyde creation to be sold at auction
Damien Hirst, the artist both renowned and reviled for putting dead animals into tanks, is having one of his creations auctioned by Christie's.

The piece, called Alone Yet Together, features a cabinet containing 100 fish suspended in formaldehyde and is expected to sell for an estimated 150,000.

The piece marks the first Damien Hirst formaldehyde creation to be sold at auction.

Back in April 1998 Christie's established a world record price for Damien Hirst at auction by selling his medicine cabinet, God, for 188,500.

The two-day Christie sale will also include work by some of the most controversial young artists of the so-called Brit Pack generation.

Chapman's 'mutilated children' could fetch 15,000
The Chapmans' 'mutilated children' could fetch 15,000
Stripped, by the artist Marc Quinn, was made by pouring liquid polyurethane over the head of his body cast and could also be worth between 25,000 and 35,000, while his Origin of Species is estimated at between 35,000 - 45,000.

The Chapman brothers' glass fibre sculpture of mutated children which also appeared in the recent Sensation exhibition in London, may fetch up to 15,000.

Both pieces are expected to go on sale on Friday.

Other works of art by the new generation of British artists include Open Door by Anthony Gormley.

He is best remembered for his monumental Angel of the North statue in Gateshead in the North of England.

Open Door is a cast figure with references to the crucifixion and is estimated at 8,000 - 10,000.

High price for modern art

Back in April 1998, Christie's put on show an untitled piece by the artist Felix Gonzales-Torres. The piece was a 10-foot strip of green-wrapped sweets laid on the floor and had an estimated price of 55-65,000.

In June 1995 a painting by Yves Klein called La Grande Bataille, fetched 947,500 at Christie's. It was created by the artist smearing the bodies of nude women with paint and dragging them across the blank canvas.

In the same month at Sotheby's, an anonymous buyer paid around 35,000 for Robert Gober's metal plughole.

The high prices of these works of art are a sign of how much the recent British art movement has gained in both critical and commercial viability. But will it last ?

Fernando Mignoni, specialist in contemporary art at Christie's auction house said:

"It seems to me that these artists have quite a lot of talent and are very innovative and it wouldn't surprise me if we were still talking about them in twenty years time."

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