British artist Damien Hirst poses next to his painting "I Am Become Death, Shatterer of Worlds", at the Tate Modern gallery in London
Hirst with his painting "I Am Become Death, Shatterer of Worlds" (2006), at the Tate Modern gallery in London April 2, 2012. The work, part of his Kaleidoscope series, consists of butterfly wings in household paint.Toby Melville—Reuters
British artist Damien Hirst poses next to his painting "I Am Become Death, Shatterer of Worlds", at the Tate Modern gallery in London
An art handler places drugs for an art installation of British artist Hirst in the new Brandhorst modern art museum in Munich
A woman walks past a painting titled "Ur
Visitors walk behind a work by British artist Hirst at the Kunsthaus in Bregenz
Sotheby's To Auction Damien Hirst's New Works
The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire view the sculpture Legend by Damien Hirst in the gardens of their home Chatsworth House
File photograph shows a diamond-encrusted platinum skull by British artist Damien Hirst, in London
Hirst with his painting "I Am Become Death, Shatterer of Worlds" (2006), at the Tate Modern gallery in London April 2, 2
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See the Outrageous Spectrum of Damien Hirst's Art

Jun 07, 2015

It's hard to say how much longer Damien Hirst can be called the enfant terrible of the art world—with his 50th birthday on Sunday, he's no longer anywhere near an "enfant," and his work is now so familiar to many that much of its shock appeal has faded.

But some pieces will always polarize the public, some of which continue to be turned off by his diamond-encrusted skulls and formaldehyde-preserved animals (though critics have mostly agreed upon his talent and influence). And with his works frequently fetching millions at auction, there's no denying his impact on the market.

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