Damien Hirst is a British artist, known for his unique and somewhat gross art, (dead animals preserved in formalin and some other times in various stages of decay with flies and maggot coming out of them) few of his works have been banned from exhibition by health departments for their somewhat grossness, and for the fear that the art enthusiast might throw up.
Not surprisingly though he holds some records for some of the most expensive art sold.
In 2007 his art exhibition “Lullaby Spring”, sold one of its pieces; a 3 metre wide steel cabinet with 6,136 pills for 19.2 million dollars to Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar. This piece brought him the European record for the most expensive art by a living artist.
In 2008 he sold a complete show “Beautiful Inside My head” as Sotheby’s by auction, making $198million in the process, breaking the record for the one artist auction.
With such huge successes resulting from his art auctions this artist is regarded not only as U.K’s richest artiste but according to some sources he is regarded as the single wealthiest artist in the world.
His estimated net worth also varies depending on the sources. In 2010 he was said to have a net worth of 215 million pounds by Sunday Times Rich List. And more recently is said to have a net worth of $300 million.
Damien Steven Hirst was born in Bristol England in 1965, he attended Jacob Kramer College, Leeds; Goldsmiths, apart from being an artist (with specializations in painting and conceptualization) he is also an art collector. Some of his works include “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living”, “For the Love of God”.
Hirst’s lives in a $61 million mansion in north London, which was designed by a master architect John Nash, he bought the house in 2014.
The artist is planning to extend his basement so that he can store his collection of over 3,000 art works, including the works of greats like Francis Bacon, Jeff Koons and Pablo Picasso, just to name a few. He also owns a 3million pound, 300-room Gothic masterpiece Toddington Manor in Gloucestershire in other to house his ever growing art collection.
He is said to have properties in England and around the world worth over 150million pounds. In fact his properties are almost too numerous to mention, he is rich so he can afford to splurge.