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    Sale 1997

    Post War And Contemporary Art Evening Sale

    13 May 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 43

    Damien Hirst (b. 1965)

    I'm in Love for the First Time

    Price Realised  


    Damien Hirst (b. 1965)
    I'm in Love for the First Time
    household paint and butterflies on canvas in artist's frame
    diameter: 96 in. (243.8 cm.)
    Painted in 1999.

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    "[Love] seems so difficult to sustain. Love is realistic; desire is unrealistic. It's easier to blindfold yourself, change your girlfriend every 6 months and not look in the mirror than to live with someone forever and see change. Although I'm tired of the word Love, it's like 'God'. Instead of saying 'I love you', I want to say, 'I'm delighted you're alive.'" (D. Hirst, quoted in exh. cat., New York, Gagosian Gallery, Damien Hirst: No Sense of Absolute Corruption, 1996, p.116-17).


    Gagosian Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner