Damien Hirst Makes Harper Seven Beckham Baby Monitor
David and Victoria Beckham have splashed out on what is fast being dubbed ‘the most expensive baby monitor in history’
The device baby monitor is designed by superstar artist, businessman extraordinaire, and the world’s most the ostentatious luxury brand – none other than Damien Hirst himself (although, of course, whether he actually made is himself is another question entirely!)
The baby monitor was created to order for the Beckham’s daughter (and favourite child) Harper Seven, and features one of Hirst’s signature motif – brightly coloured butterflies.
The Beckhams have long been fans of Hirst’s work, owning at least three of his paintings. David even gave Victoria a silver bull’s heart by Hirst as romantic gift. And Victoria reportedly spent as much as much as £250,000 on a pair of Hirst-designed high heel shoes; allegedly the artist enclosed a note for Victoria with the delivery, saying ‘Posh boots for a Posh bird’ – such a charmer! On another occasion, Posh sent Hirst a pair of Manolo Blahnik ankle boots, and asked him to paint them; which he did, no doubt for a small sum.
if the artworld really is the new Hollywood (as those in the know say that it is), then verily does Hirst step into the shoes of Robert De Niro, Tom Cruise, and George Clooney; for if his international renown does not quite matchup to his celluloid analogues then, most certainly, do his paycheques. His current Tate Modern retrospective is about time then; the first substantial survey of his work in a British institution, taking us right back to the beginning in the late 1980s, and traversing the monumental career of an exceptionally talented and precocious art student who would become perhaps the world’s most ostentatious luxury brand.
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