Sotheby’s to Auction Works from the Collection of Eurythmics Legend Dave Stewart

Sotheby’s are to offer at auction a group of works by Damien Hirst, Gilbert & George and Angus Fairhurst from the collection of Eurythmics legend, Grammy and BRIT Award winning musician, songwriter, record producer, and a friend of Damien Hirst, Dave Stewart. The offering of seven artworks, which combined are estimated to realise in excess of £1.3 million, will be included for sale in the forthcoming Contemporary Art Evening and Day Auctions on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 and Thursday, June 30, 2011.

The collection will be led by Dantrolene an early and important example of Damien Hirst’s pharmaceutical paintings and among the largest paintings with one-inch spots to appear at auction in recent years. Dedicated on the reverse Being God (for Dave), this painting is testament to a friendship and an artistic symbiosis between musician and artist which was at the very heart of the 1990s Young British Art scene. The work is estimated at £600,000-800,000 ($994,000-1.3 million).

Another highlight of the Evening Auction is Gilbert & George’s Mouth, 1983, which is estimated at £150,000-200,000 ($249,000-331,000), which he acquired directly from the artist. Regarding Gilbert & George, Stewart said the following: “Annie and I in the early 80’s were very struck by Gilbert and George and how they stayed away from everybody and almost created their own world that was blurred between art and their reality. Annie and I in some ways did the same thing at the beginning of the Eurythmics almost copying them in a way; we lived together and also felt separate and apart from everything else that was going on and by hiding away and doing that we did come up with something that was very different musically at the time.”

Further highlights include:

Damien Hirst
Acridine
1992
(Est. £400,000-600,000 / $665,000-995,000)
Acquired directly from the artist

Gilbert & George
Shag
1988
(Est. £100,000-150,000 / $166,000-249,000)

Angus Fairhurst
Man Abandoned
1996
(Est. £12,000-18,000 / $19,900-29,800)
Acquired directly from the artist

Andres Serrano
Blood Cross
1987
(Est. £15,000-20,000 / $24,900-33,100)

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #174
1987
(Est. £20,000-30,000 / $33,100-49,700)

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