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Last Updated: Thursday September 18 2008 06:41 GMT

Shock art auction benefits kids

Damien Hirst in front of his artwork The Incredible Journey

Children's charities are being given loads of cash by British artist Damien Hirst after a record-breaking auction of his artwork.

A two-day sale of more than 200 pieces, including some of his most famous works with preserved bodies of dead animals, raised a whopping 111 million.

Now more than 3 million of it will be shared between four charities.

They include children's hospice Demelza House and Kids Company, which helps vulnerable children and young people.

Damien Hirst's The Golden Calf
This artwork of a bull preserved in a tank of chemicals sold for 10.34 million
A music charity for young people, called Strummerville, will also benefit.

The charity cash was raised through the sale of four heart-shaped paintings featuring butterflies, all called Beautiful Love.

A fifth painting raised an extra 313,000 for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which tries to tackle inequality around the world.


Damien Hirst is one of the world's most famous living artists.

His fame started to spread in the 1990s when he created a series of artworks in which he preserved the bodies of dead animals like a sheep, a shark and a cow and its calf.

He's also well known for his dot paintings, featuring rows of randomly coloured dots.