Hirst: Art Is Overpriced

Multimillionaire artist says economic woes will likely bring (his) prices down
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Nov 17, 2008 10:39 AM CST
"The Golden Calf," a work by Damien Hirst, sold for $18.5 million at Sotheby's, Sept. 15 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – With the economic slowdown finally slamming into the art market, one of the world’s priciest living artists says art has become too costly anyway, the Independent reports. British multimillionaire Damien Hirst failed to sell a painting valued at some $3 million last week; in retrospect, he said, it “was overpriced,” adding that, “in a way it’s good. We are looking at more realistic prices.”

Easy for him to say: Only a few weeks ago a massive direct-to-auction sale of his work at Sotheby's pulled in almost $150 million. “It became unreal,” he noted. “You start to think you are touched by God. I have always thought that art is worth what the next guy is prepared to pay.”