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    Sale 7672

    Post War & Contemporary Art Day Sale (Afternoon)

    1 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 400

    Damien Hirst (b. 1965)

    Clean Life

    Price Realised  


    Damien Hirst (b. 1965)
    Clean Life
    gloss household paint and butterflies on canvas
    24 x 24in. (61 x 61cm.)
    Executed in 2000

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    "I want it to look like an artist's studio ... I remember painting something white once and flies landing on it, thinking 'Fuck!' but then thinking it was funny. This idea of an artist trying to make a monochrome and being fucked up by flies landing in the paint or something like that. Then you get the beauty of the butterfly, but it is actually something horrible. It is like a butterfly has flown around and died horribly in the paint. The death of an insect that still has this really optimistic beauty of a wonderful thing. I remember thinking about that. They don't rot like humans" (D. Hirst, quoted in Damien Hirst, exh. cat., Naples, 2004, p. 83).

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    Science Ltd., London.
    Anon. sale, Christie's London, 23 October 2005, lot 125.