Damien Hirst skull doodle up for auction in Gloucestershire

Damien Hirst sketch
Image caption The sketch on the back of a discarded poster is estimated to fetch up to £6,000

A sketch of a skull drawn by Damien Hirst on the back of a poster is expected to fetch up to £6,000 at auction in Gloucestershire.

The doodle references the artist's famous diamond encrusted skull and was given to a friend in Mexico.

Along with a signature the artist wrote a dedication to the recipient "Nara" with the message "Love is Blind".

The 87cm (34 in) by 57.5cm (22 in) sketch will be auctioned by Chorley's of Prinknash on 24 May.

A spokeswoman for Chorley's said the sketch was "acquired directly from the artist by the vendor" at an exhibition Hirst held at the Hilario Galgueria Gallery in Mexico in 2006.

"During the after show party which included a wrestling match Hirst sketched a skull and the slogan Love is Blind on the back of one of the discarded wrestling posters for a friend," she said.

"She now wishes to sell the drawing locally in light of Hirst's connection with Gloucestershire - he owns Toddington Manor and has a studio in Stroud."

Two exhibition catalogues signed and illustrated by Hirst are also being included in the sale.

In 2007 Hirst's diamond encrusted skull - 'For the Love of God' - sold for a reputed £50m.

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