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Hirst restaurant contents on sale
Pharmacy's downstairs bar
Pharmacy became popular with celebrities after opening in 1998
All the fixtures, fittings and artwork from Damien Hirst's chemist-themed restaurant Pharmacy are to be sold by London auction house Sotheby's.

The artist's west London venue featured aspirin-shaped bar stools, pharmaceutical cabinets and huge paintings of butterflies by Hirst.

Pharmacy became a trendy hotspot when it opened in 1998, but closed last year after falling out of fashion.

Sotheby's expect the 140 items to raise more than 3m in the 19 October sale.

Martini glasses designed by Damien Hirst
Hirst used the pharmaceutical snake logo on his Martini glasses
Ashtrays from the restaurant and bar are expected to raise 150 each, design drawings are due to fetch more than 2,000 each and a molecular model sculpture is expected to raise 150,000.

"When Pharmacy opened in 1998 it was a landmark restaurant, typifying everything that was happening in Britain at that time, in terms of art, food, celebrity, New Labour and Cool Britannia," said Oliver Barker, senior director of Sotheby's contemporary art department in London.

Co-owned by Damien Hirst, Matthew Freud, Liam Carson and Jonathan Kennedy, the Notting Hill restaurant's name was contested by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and was temporarily changed to the anagram Army Chap.

Damien Hirst's Full of Love
Full of Love was one of the Hirst paintings which decorated the venue
"I was very disappointed when Pharmacy closed," said Damien Hirst. "It was like losing a friend and I didn't know what to do with all the stuff.

"I mean, I can only use so many plates and pots and pans myself."

Staff at Pharmacy wore uniforms inspired by surgical gowns and lab coats, and it frequently confused members of the public who mistakenly tried to collect their prescriptions from the restaurant.

Hirst said: "A woman asked me once for an aspirin and I had to say 'I'm sorry we have a strictly no drugs policy here.'"


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