Exhibitions: Pharmacy Auction
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15 October 2004 –
18 October 2004
After the closure of Pharmacy Restaurant & Bar (1997-2003), Sotheby’s hosted a comprehensive auction of the contents of the Notting Hill restaurant designed by Hirst.
Installation view. Courtesy of Sotheby's Picture Library © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012
The 166 lots included tableware, furniture and wallpaper from the restaurant, as well as original artworks. Alongside spot paintings, butterfly monochromes and ‘Medicine Cabinets’ were unique sculptures such as ‘The Molecular Structure’ (1997-1998), a large minimally coloured, fibreglass model that had been the restaurant’s focal piece.
Every item at the auction was sold, and prices far exceeding original estimates. Three specially created works of art were sold at the auction, the proceeds from them being donated to the charities SCOPE, Strummerville and the Royal Academy of Arts.
In 2011, as part of the ARTISTS ROOMS exhibition, Leeds City Gallery presented a recreation of the restaurant interior made up of items bought at the auction.