Weapons of death sold in the name of peace
Renowned British artist Damien Hirst sold a rifle, the AK-47 for 89 of the thousands of herbs from the auction, dedicated to the world. What the hell, man, you tell me? The fact that the artist did not just sell weapons of death, and painted it under the British flag and under a rainbow. Colorful Hirst’s work, the Central part of which resembles the British flag, sold for 55 thousand pounds (89 million dollars), while the organizers of the auction house Phillips de Pury & Co. — expect for it to gain a maximum of 25-35 thousand pounds.
It is worth noting that the whole exhibition was dedicated to the legendary machine and is accordingly called «AKA Peace». The idea is to turn the murder weapon in the art object came to mind former military Breno Simmons during operations in Afghanistan. It was supported by the organization Peace One Day («One day in peace»).
AK-47 its memetically inspired not only by one artist. The installation «Silence» (Silence) one of the most famous British sculptors Antony Gormley. Gormley put the machine inside is made of steel wire frame, reminiscent of a fallen backwards person. The work sold for 50 thousand pounds, and this price takes the second place.