Johnny Depp’s first art sale brings in $3.7 million in hours

Johnny Depp’s collection of limited edition prints sold for a total of £3 million ($3.7 million).

After taking to Instagram to announce its first art sale, UK gallery Castle Fine Art’s website crashed. Entitled Friends and Heroes, the collection features four celebrity prints, including Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, Elizabeth Taylor, Bob Dylan and Al Pacino.

Each piece was available for purchase separately or as a collection.

Within hours, Depp sold 780 pieces. The individual framed images sold for £3,950 ($4,812) while the complete four-piece wallet sold for £14,950 ($18,212).

The Friends and Heroes collection was created by Depp as a tribute to the Hollywood and rock icons he knows or those who inspired him.

The actor, 59, is known for carrying a sketchbook on the set of his films. Until now, however, he was reluctant to show his work publicly.

“I’ve always used art to express my feelings and to reflect on those who mean the most to me, like my family, my friends and the people I look up to,” Depp told Castle Fine Art about his work. “My paintings surround my life, but I kept them to myself and limited myself. No one should ever limit themselves.

Influenced by pop and street art, the stars’ portraits were stripped down and lightly stylized, almost comic book-like in Andy Warhol’s serigraphs or with the bold use of color in Roy Lichtenstein’s paintings. However, the portraits also include energetic, freehand brushstrokes and intimate detailed Depp marks that give each piece a vibrancy and energy.

Depp has also dabbled in creating NFT and is expected to exhibit more of his work publicly at Castle Fine Art Galleries.

Updated: August 01, 2022, 08:16

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