Wednesday 22 October 2014

Hirst auctions mammoth work at gala

Published 19/05/2014 | 05:22

Damien Hirst's latest piece, Gone But Not Forgotten, will be auctioned for charity (AP/Prudence Cuming Associates)

Famed British artist Damien Hirst has created a gilded woolly mammoth skeleton encased in a gold tank to be auctioned off for charity.

Titled Gone But Not Forgotten, the 10ft mammal joins Hirst's famous shark in formaldehyde and bisected cow in his Natural History series.

The one-of-a kind piece is expected to raise millions of pounds at the annual amfAR Cinema Against AIDS gala this week for the charity's work in the fight against the disease.

Past auction items have included a trip to space with Leonardo DiCaprio and a kiss from George Clooney.

Held at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, the amfAR gala is one of the highlights of the Cannes Film Festival attracting support from global stars such as Sharon Stone, Heidi Klum and Aishwarya Rai.

This year's guest list includes Jessica Chastain, Berenice Bejo, Adrien Brody and Robin Thicke, who will perform at Thursday's event.

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