Collection of the artist Sotheby's, London, Beautiful Inside My Head Forever, 16 September 2008, Lot 134 Acquired from the above sale by the present owner
"Cigarettes are such clinical forms. They are like pills. They have a purity before you smoke them. They're expensive, dangerous, from the point you light one to when you stub it out, it's death." Damien Hirst
This work is in very good and sound condition overall. There is evidence of light wear and handling to the sides and edges of the cabinet, most noticeably along the rear edge which comes in contact with the wall, and in the bottom two rear corners where some minor paint loss is visible. There is also a small dent in the top right front corner of the cabinet, which has resulted in minor pigment loss. Upon close inspection there is evidence of faint stable craquelure in all four corners of the cabinet. Ash accretions and smudging inside the case is inherent to the medium and the artist's working method. 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.