British artist Damien Hirst will be auctioning his Mickey Mouse painting in aid of Kids Company as part of Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction on Thursday February 13.
The painting depicts Mickey in the style of Hirst’s famous ‘spot’ paintings, and was undertaken at the invitation of Disney.
Hirst follows in the footsteps of artists including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Claes Oldenburg in interpreting Disney’s best-loved character. He commented on his website: “Mickey Mouse represents happiness and the joy of being a kid and I have reduced his shape down to the basic elements of a few simple spots. I hope people love it, because it is still instantly recognisable – Mickey is such a universal and powerful icon.”