[London: the artist?[ 1997/98]. For Damien Hirst's Notting Hill Gate restaurant in London, he designed wallpaper based on the Merck Company's pharmaceutical products. Those first versions, in bronze and silver, which were used to decorate the restaurant, used the actual trade names. Merck objected to this appropriation of their trademarks. Hirst dropped his plans for other branches of The Pharmacy, and the original one closed in 2004. New versions in silver and gold printed in 2004 substituted Biblical passages for the trade names. At the ensuing Sotheby's auction of the restaurant's custom-made furnishings designed by Hirst, a set of 20 rolls of the sanitized silver version sold for £15,600 (nearly $30,000 at the time). Width: 53.5 cm / 21-1/8 in. Length: about 1000 cm / 394 in. Repeats are about 18 in / 46.7 in. If that is correct, there should be a total of about 22 panels totalling nearly 58 square feet. Since this roll remains untouched in its original shrinkwrap, I am unable to confirm these figures. This copy came with the following information that I have been unable to verify: "Limited Edition 1000, 5-color gravure printing, 1st issue." As new, from the collection of Helene Verin. Please inquire in advance if ordering from Germany or France.
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