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Last Updated: Wednesday September 17 2008 04:45 GMT

'Shark in tank' art breaks record

Damien Hirst's The Kingdom, which sold for 9.6 million

One of the world's most famous living artists has raised a record-breaking 111 million by selling loads of his work at auction.

Damien Hirst decided to get rid of 223 pieces of his work during a two-day sale in London, which ended on Tuesday.

They included some of his most famous pieces, like a dead tiger shark preserved in glass tank of chemicals, which sold for a whopping 9.6 million!

The 111 million total is a new record for a sale dedicated to one artist.

Who is Damien Hirst?
Damien Hirst in front of his artwork The Incredible Journey
He was born in Bristol in 1965
He won the UK's most controversial art award, the Turner Prize, in 1995
In 2007, one of his artworks sold for 50 million
Damien hit the headlines in the 1990s with a series of artworks in which he preserved the bodies of dead animals like a sheep, a shark and cow and its calf.

Several of those works are in the sale, along with paintings of rows of randomly coloured dots and other works.

'Amazing show'

It's unusual for an artist to sell so much of their work at auction in this way - normally they do it through art dealers or galleries.

Damien said the auction was a mini look-back at his career and described it as "probably the most amazing show I've put on".

Check out the whole diamond-encrusted skull

But seeing his work sell for such huge amounts of money probably won't come as too much of a surprise...

Last year, he created a jewel-encrusted platinum skull which sold for more than 50 million, making it one of the most expensive pieces of modern art in the world!

But not everyone's a fan of Damien's preserved animals and painted skulls, with some critics thinking that he's just making fun of the art world.