“Nine Beetles” is from the artist’s 2014 series “Signification (Hope, Immortality and Death in Paris, Now and Then)” in which he drew upon the archives of Deyrolle, Paris’ legendary house of taxidermy and natural sciences, to create a contemporary cabinet of curiosities. A testament to Hirst’s enduring love of natural history, "Signification" explores themes fundamental to the artist’s work, including complex relationships between nature and science, myth and reality, art and beauty, and life and death. Beetles regularly feature in Hirst’s work, most prominently in his "Entomology" series, and are presented in an evocation of Victorian entomological displays, an enduring influence on the artist.

Damien Hirst was represented in the 45th Venice Biennale (1993).

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Frame: 7.28 x 7.28 x 2.28 in (18.5 x 18.5 x 5.8 cm)

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Damien Hirst (b. 1965) is a British artist best known for his leading role in the Young British Artist (YBA) movement of the 1990s. Hirst’s artistic practice varies wildly—from dead animals submerged in formaldehyde, to pristine, ominous medicine cabinets, to the pharmaceutically poppy, menacingly hollow spot paintings—but his key themes are life’s mortality and modern science’s palliative, seductive allure. Rising from the British recession of the 1990s, his middle-class artistic persona melds the antagonism and shock of British punk rock with the showmanship and audacious capitalism of Andy Warhol.

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Nine Beetles, 2014
Lot Number 12
Mounted entomology specimens with glass fronted case
18.5 x 18.5 x 5.8 cm (7.28 x 7.28 x 2.28 in)
Signed on edge of frame
Estimate $30,000 - $40,000
Ends May 31 at 1:11pm ET
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    18.5 x 18.5 x 5.8 cm (7.28 x 7.28 x 2.28 in)