Market Expansion: Hirst's butterflies soar again in Asia

  • October 07, 2009 15:38

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From Damien Hirst's Butterflies series. Getty Image.

HONG KONG — A monumental work by British artist Damien Hirst fetched more than 17.22 million Hong Kong dollars (2.21 million US) in an auction held on Wednesday, making it his most expensive art piece sold in Asia. "The Importance of Elsewhere -- The Kingdom of Heaven" broke the record set by "Tranquility", another piece from Hirst's "Butterfly series," sold by Seoul Auction for 13.37 million Hong Kong dollars in May.

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