Damien Hirst’s George Michael painting has sold for almost $600,000 (£477,000) at a charity auction in Texas.
The British artist created his piece titled Beautiful Beautiful George Michael Love Painting, featuring a black sketch of the late singer on canvas covered in multiple bright colours.
When it was put under the hammer at event MTV RE: DEFINE in Dallas, Texas last Friday (24Mar17), which was hosted by Michael’s former partner Kenny Goss, the Mirror Online reports the artwork sold for $580,000 (£461,000).
A special video tribute dedicated to the singer, who passed away aged 53 on Christmas Day (25Dec16), was screened during the evening, which also featured a performance from singer Chaka Khan. The whole event raised over $2.7 million (£2.1 million) for HIV and AIDS prevention and awareness, as well as providing money for museum Dallas Contemporary’s arts education and programming.