"You have to find universal triggers, everyone’s frightened of glass, everyone’s frightened of sharks, everyone loves butterflies" (Damien Hirst, I Want to Spend the Rest of My Life Everywhere, With Everyone, One to One, Always, Forever, Now, London 1997, p. 132).
The colour in the catalogue illustration is fairly accurate, although the overall tonality is slightly deeper and richer in the original. The catalogue illustration also fails to convey the iridescent nature of some of the butterflies.
This work is in very good and original condition. There are some dust deposits in the bottom of the frame. Very close inspection reveals a faint scuff and some light handling marks to the lower right of the frame and a tiny loss on the extreme edge of the lower left of the frame. Further very close inspection reveals some superficial scuffs in isolated places to the glass of the frame. No restoration is apparent when examined under ultra-violet light. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."