British artist Damien Hirst works fetch record prices
Damien Hirst is today arguably the most successful artist alive in Modern Britain. He has set a record of sort with his new works for more than £65m. One of his work The Black Sheep with the Golden Horn, another animal in formaldehyde was sold for £2.6m.
The previous record for a sale dedicated to a single artist was set in 1993 for works by Picasso, which went for a total of $20m (£11m)
An auction of art works by Damien Hirst has smashed top estimates to bring in a record total of £70.5m ($125m), with still more works for sale.
The British artist has abandoned the traditional method of selling through dealers and galleries, going straight to the auction house Sotheby's instead.
It is the first time an artist has sold a substantial body of work this way.
Sotheby's say the sale - which runs over two days - has set a new record for a sale dedicated to one artist.
Hirst has specialised in displaying animals preserved in tanks of chemicals.
Among the lots were The Golden Calf - a bull in a tank of formaldehyde, with its head crowned by a gold disc - which sold for £9.2m ($16.5m).