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article imageCabbie's £1,500 Hirst sketch is biggest tip ever received

By Laura Trowbridge     Apr 13, 2010 in Entertainment
Famous artist Damien Hirst drew a sketch for a London cab driver's son, which is now expected to bring at least £1,500 at auction.
London taxi driver Jon Horsley asked artist Damien Hirst to draw a picture for his 15-year-old son. Hirst took a few minutes to draw the pencil sketch in the back of Horsley's cab before being dropped off at his destination.
Horsley said: "I'd picked Mr Hirst up before. My son said if I ever did again I should ask him to draw a picture. This is the largest tip I've ever had. Before this the most I'd received was £50."
Hirst, who was given a failing E grade in his A-level art class, signed the sketch and wrote a personal message to the driver's son: "For LJ. Don't give up on the art."
Experts have valued the pencil drawing, which features some of Hirst's most famous works, at £1,500 but have said a collector might pay more than three times that amount.
The sketch will be auctioned off on April 21 at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury in London.
Art director Mary McCarthy, who will be auctioning the drawing, said: "It's a charming little sketch, very childlike. It will appeal to a mass audience, not just the normal Damien Hirst collector. Considering one of his pieces sold for £10.34m this could be quite a snip for an original."
The sketch incorporates some of the artist's best-known works for pickling a shark in formaldehyde, arranging butterfly wings into patterns, and covering a skull in diamonds.
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