$7,500-$11,500 Value Indicator
$6,500-$10,500 Value Indicator
¥35,000-¥50,000 Value Indicator
€4,500-€7,000 Value Indicator
$40,000-$60,000 Value Indicator
¥720,000-¥1,120,000 Value Indicator
$4,900-$7,500 Value Indicator
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Medium: Foil Block
Format: Signed Print
Size: H 48cm x W 43cm
Edition size: 150
Damien Hirst's Science Xmas Butterfly Print (signed), a foil block from 2010, is estimated to be worth between £3,850 and £6,000. This artwork has been sold 9 times at auction since its initial sale in July 2012. Over the past five-year period, the hammer price has ranged from £2,000 in January 2019 to £6,398 in September 2020, with an average annual growth rate of 16%. In the last 12 months, the average selling price was £4,300, with a total sales volume of 2. The edition size is limited to 150.
|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|November 2023||Rosebery's Fine Art Auctioneers - United Kingdom||Science Xmas Butterfly Print - Signed Print|
|December 2022||Forum Auctions London - United Kingdom||Science Xmas Butterfly Print - Signed Print|
|October 2022||Chiswick Auctions - United Kingdom||Science Xmas Butterfly Print - Signed Print|
|September 2020||Phillips London - United Kingdom||Science Xmas Butterfly Print - Signed Print|
|September 2019||Phillips London - United Kingdom||Science Xmas Butterfly Print - Signed Print|
|January 2019||Forum Auctions London - United Kingdom||Science Xmas Butterfly Print - Signed Print|
|September 2018||Sotheby's London - United Kingdom||Science Xmas Butterfly Print - Signed Print|
Science Xmas Butterfly Print is a signed foil block print in colours, on Arches 88 paper dust produced by renowned contemporary artist, Damien Hirst. The print, made in 2010, shows a butterfly with its wings outstretched, rendered against a plain white backdrop. The butterfly’s body has been painted over in white, red and green paint, simplifying the intricate pattern that would have marked its wings. Dominating the centre of the print, the butterfly is accompanied by three spots, one grey, one red and one green.
The spots in Science Xmas Butterfly Print allude to Hirst’s famous Spot Paintings in which the artist arranges coloured spots in precise grid formations. Along with spots, the butterfly holds an important place in Hirst’s visual language. Hirst frequently incorporates the insect into his artworks, most notably in the Kaleidoscope series, an impressive body of prints that are composed of patterns of concentric circles made up of butterfly wings.
Explaining why he is so attracted to the butterfly, Hirst elaborates: “I love butterflies because when they are dead, they look alive.” For Hirst, butterflies embody the fragility of life as they retain an iridescent beauty, even in death, as evidenced in this print. The use of butterflies in his artworks is therefore a means for the artist to explore themes of life and death in his art.