A teenage artist has been forced to stop selling his art work (which is said to have copied the now iconic images of Damien Hirst’s diamond encrusted skull) by Damien Hirst’s installation owner after he stole a box of pencil which were on display as part of Damien Hirst’s installation; Pharmacy. The box of pencils, Faber Castell Mongol 482s from 1990, which have been priced at GBP500,000, is now making this one of the gravest modern art thefts in British history.
The teenage artist stole the pencils as a tool to bribe Hirst to let him display and sell his works again and said he would return the box of pencils if this was allowed. Creating a “wanted”-style poster that read: “For the safe return of Damien Hirst’s pencils I would like my artworks back that DACS and Hirst took off me in November. It’s not a large demand… Hirst has until the end of this month to resolve this or on 31 July the pencils will be sharpened. He has been warned.”