London. Sotheby's. 15-16 September 2008. Slipcase signed in marker pen by Damien Hirst. 5 volumes, wrappers, slipcase. 228, 168, 192, 32, 28. With two sheets of stickers loosely inserted into each of the first 3 volumes. Illustrated extensively in colour, with several folding plates. 330 x 235mm (13 x 9¼"). 5kg. . English. Very good; slipcase has a couple of creases to front board, a few scratches and wear to rear board and spine, light wear to corners; the 5 paperback volumes are in fine condition.
A signed complete set of the sale catalogues for the record-breaking auction of Damien Hirst's works. The sale was historically significant, representing a pinnacle in the astronomical rise in prices for contemporary art. It raised £111 million for 287 lots, a record for a single-artist auction. Hirst bypassed the galleries and sold directly through the auction. The evening sale occurred on the same day of the collapse of Lehman Brothers. The lots are generously illustrated and described over three volumes. They include Hirst's trademark spin, spot and butterfly paintings and his preserved animals. Two star lots are given their own volumes - The Golden Calf and The Kingdom.