Damien Hirst (British, born 1965) Cigarette Butt The rare multiple, 1995, cigarette butt encased in resin, signed and numbered 7/25 in black ink, published by Idler Magazine, London, overall 45 x 24 x 25mm (1 3/4 x 1 x 1in)
Cigarette Butt The rare multiple, 1995, cigarette butt encased in resin, signed and numbered 7/25 in black ink, published by Idler Magazine, London, overall 45 x 24 x 25mm (1 3/4 x 1 x 1in)
"There's a great book I read called 'Cigarettes are Sublime'. You realise how smoking's never talked about. It's probably the most powerful thing of the 20th century. There's no country in the world where smoking is allowed where they don't smoke. Even where it isn't allowed they still find a way to smoke. People are killing themselves. I think suicide is the most perfect thing you can do in life. The whole thing in life is you don't know when you're going to die. It makes everything not make sense, there's this unknown factor. Whereas if you suddenly go, OK, I choose to die now, you take the matter into your own hands. So smoking is the perfect way to commit suicide without actually dying. I smoke because it's bad, it's really simple. So people can't come up to me and say, oh it's bad for you, don't do it. I mean, I don't trust people who don't smoke, because I think the way the world works, I can't imagine not. If I don't smoke, I feel like a poof."
"In Conversation with Damien Hirst", The Idler, July-August, 1995, 15.
We have found no record of this multiple ever having come to auction before. Included in this lot is the original Idler magazine with details on the multiple.