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Friday, October 9, 1998 Published at 00:27 GMT 01:27 UK


Entertainment

Hirst fish dead in the water

Alone Yet Together - still alone after sale

Works by 'Britpack' artist Damien Hirst failed to attract much interest at auction.

His piece Alone Yet Together, which consists of a cabinet containing 100 fish suspended in formaldehyde, was unsold after failing to reach its reserve price.

The piece - the first of his formaldehyde creations to go to auction - attracted a highest bid of £85,000 at Christie's.

It had been expected to go for between £100,000 and £150,000.

A second installation piece entitled Loss of Memory is Worse Than Death, which consists of formaldehyde containers in a steel cage, was also unsold. It attracted a bid of just £55,000, compared with its estimate of £80,000 to £120,000.


[ image: Damien Hirst: Spot on with painting]
Damien Hirst: Spot on with painting
But a spot painting by Hirst sold for £73,000, slightly above expectations.

One of his spin paintings - created by splashing paint onto a rotating circular canvas - also went for slightly above the estimate, for £60,900.

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

But Hirst's performance on Thursday was indicative of the sale of contemporary art, which attracted mostly low prices.

A Christie's spokesman said: "There were some good sales but other pieces failed to find the buyer on the day."

The two-day sale continues on Friday.





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