Damien Hirst works stolen from London gallery

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LONDON, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- "Pyronin Y" and "Oleoylsarcosine," two signed works by Damien Hirst, have been stolen from the Exhibitionist Gallery in London, police said.

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LONDON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Singing sensation Rihanna gave her fans an advance look Friday at photos for British GQ's 25th anniversary issue that show her dressed mostly in snakes.

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LONDON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- British artist Damien Hirst has raised hackles with a diamond-studded skull cast in platinum from a long-deceased child's skull.
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Sotheby's pulls Hirst prints from sale

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Artsy pickled shark sold for $12 million

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Damien Hirst
British artist Damien Hirst stands in front of his work "Death Explained," a dissected shark suspended in formaldehyde solution. This is part of his exhibition "Beyond Belief" at White Cube Mason's Yard in London on June 1, 2007. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)

Damien Steven Hirst (born 7 June 1965) is an English artist and the most prominent member of the group known as "Young British Artists" (or YBAs), who dominated the art scene in Britain during the 1990s. He is internationally renowned, and has been claimed to be the richest living artist to date. During the 1990s his career was closely linked with the collector Charles Saatchi, but increasing frictions came to a head in 2003 and the relationship ended.

Death is a central theme in Hirst's works. He became famous for a series of artworks in which dead animals (including a shark, a sheep and a cow) are preserved—sometimes having been dissected—in formaldehyde. The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, a 14-foot (4.3 m) tiger shark immersed in formaldehyde in a vitrine became the iconic work of British art in the 1990s, and the symbol of Britart worldwide. He has also made "spin paintings," created on a spinning circular surface, and "spot paintings", which are rows of randomly-coloured circles created by his assistants.

In September 2008, he took an unprecedented move for a living artist by selling a complete show, Beautiful Inside My Head Forever, at Sotheby's by auction and by-passing his long-standing galleries. The auction exceeded all predictions, raising £111 million ($198 million), breaking the record for a one-artist auction as well as Hirst's own record with £10.3 million for The Golden Calf, an animal with 18-carat gold horns and hooves, preserved in formaldehyde.

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