Hirst's shark

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STORIES FROM THE ART MARKET is born, the new #BZMAGAZINE column where we will tell you anecdotes and stories of the art market.

The shark by Damien Hirst is one of the most famous examples of contemporary art. Its real name is "The physical impossibility of death in the mind of someone living". Thanks to this artwork, Damien Hirst has become one of the most appreciated and valued contemporary artists in the art market: the shark was sold in 2005 for 12 million dollars and still is one of the most expensive pieces of contemporary art. The story of the meeting between Hirst, the collector Charles Saatchi and Larry Gagosian is a lesson on how the contemporary art market works, on the importance of knowing how to identify emerging and promising artists to create a valuable art collection and on the role of the artist's brand.

"The physical impossibility of death in the mind of someone living" by Damien Hirst has been displayed in museums and contemporary art galleries around the world: discover the work

The shark by Damien Hirst is the first story told by BIANCHIZARDIN Contemporary Art for "Stories from the art market". With Andrea Zardin, gallerist and expert of international contemporary art.