After a nail biting live online auction at Phillips Auction House last night, the limited edition ‘Diamond Dusted Mantra’ by Damien Hirst sold for a staggering £70,000. Thanks to Damien’s generosity and the highly skilled team at Phillips, this huge amount will help to fill a significant shortfall in income following a very challenging 2020. Thank you to everyone involved.

Traditional fundraising events may have been suspended once more as a result of the third national lockdown, but the fundraising team continue to come up with innovative ways of making sure our vital support continues for the children, young people and families we work with across South East London, Kent and East Sussex.

The ‘Diamond Dusted Mantra’ gifted by the British contemporary artist, Damien Hirst, to Demelza in 2016 will be auctioned at Phillips auction house in London this January to raise much needed funds. The limited-edition artwork has been on display at the hospice in Sittingbourne, Kent - much to the enjoyment of our nurses, healthcare assistants, support staff, volunteers and visiting families.

It is hoped the sale will raise between £30,000 and £50,000 for Demelza.

Sarah Kemsley, Head of Philanthropy at Demelza, said: “We’re so grateful to Damien for the opportunity to auction this beautiful piece of artwork. Money raised from the sale will go towards vital care and support for children with serious or terminal conditions and their families.”

The ‘Diamond Dusted Mantra’ will be available for viewing at the specialist auction house, Phillips, in Berkeley Square London, from 14 January 2021 until the sale date, 21 January 2021.

For those interested in owning this iconic work, bids can be made either online, or over the telephone by registering at bidslondon@phillips.com or calling +44 207 318 405. For further information on the sale, please email sarah.kemsley@demelza.org.uk


(Photo credit © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd)