Severed Skulls - Cut From An Original Damien Hirst Painting

Your very own piece of an original artwork by the world's wealthiest living artist

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Aug 29, 2022

So, they are destroying a piece of artwork to sell it piecemeal? This boggles the mind.

Steph L.
Steph L.
Aug 27, 2022

Small crane pieces from an original Crane painting of Hirst. Original.

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Welcome to the Open Art Surgeon’s Damien Hirst Severed Skulls project.

Who is Damien Hirst? 

Thought to be the world’s wealthiest living artist, since emerging onto the international art scene in the late 1980s, Damien Hirst has created installations, sculptures, paintings and drawings that examine the complex relationships between art and beauty, religion and science, and life and death. 

'The physical impossibility of death in the mind of someone living' sold for $12 million in 2005

From serialized paintings of multicolored spots to animal specimens preserved in tanks of formaldehyde and human skulls encrusted in diamonds, his work challenges contemporary belief systems, tracing the uncertainties that lie at the heart of human experience.

'For the love of God' a diamond-encrusted platinum skull was reported to have sold for $100 million

Now, through the wonder of Fractionalized Ownership, you can now have your very own little piece of an original Damien Hirst spin painting.

What does this mean?

We, the Open Art Surgeons have purchased an original 2009 Damien Hirst artwork in the shape of a human skull – a recurring theme in Hirst’s body of work. 

We will be carefully cutting some 90 miniature skulls out of this painting. Each skull will be a scaled-down version of the original. These will be approximately 50mm (2") high and they will be mounted on artboard. They can also optionally come framed and ready to hang.

Examples of the severed skulls shown in optional 17 x 17cm (6.75") frames

 This project and others still in the planning stages will bring original art by the foremost contemporary artists into the realm of affordability for the many, not just the few.

Skulls will be mounted on artboard, individually numbered and embossed with a 'Hirst' logo

When choosing to have the artwork ready-framed, there will be a choice of black, grey or white

What backers will receive - A mini skull either mounted or framed plus a certificate of authenticity

Q. Has anything like this been done before? Will my reward increase in value?

A. A couple of years ago an American art collective cut out individual coloured spots from a Hirst screenprinted artwork and sold them singly.  Naturally, we can make no guarantees as to future values of these skulls but those coloured spots have recently been appearing on the resale market with an asking price some 10x the price they were sold at by the collective so who knows what might happen!

Hirst screenprint being cut up prior to the spots being sold individually

No additional charge for shipping anywhere in the world

Q. Will backers get to choose the skull(s) that they'll be receiving?

A. No, that would be extremely difficult to arrange so skulls will be randomly allocated.