Johnny Depp’s first fine-art offerings sell out fast

Johnny Depp just made his first public foray into painting, and it raised $3.6 million almost immediately.

The actor-musician debuted a collection of prints at Britain’s Castle Fine Art galleries on Thursday. Hours later, all 780 copies were sold out.

Depp had promoted the collection through an Instagram post showing him seated on a bench in front of the collection’s four pieces – portraits of Bob Dylan, Al Pacino, the late Elizabeth Taylor and Keith Richards.

“Johnny’s debut collection ‘Friends & Heroes’ focuses on people he knows well and who have inspired him as a person,” reads the online listing. “Each image is an intimate reflection of her character as seen by Johnny; a representation as they revealed themselves to him.

“Based on photographic references, each image was reduced to a simpler and more iconic representation of the subject, which Johnny then developed and enlivened with his signature freehand flourishes.”

The prints are signed by Depp and embellished with his Bunnyman logo, inspired by his son Jack. Each print was listed for the sterling equivalent of US$3,973 (or US$15,040 for the entire set).

“I’ve always used art to express my feelings and to reflect on those who matter most to me,” Depp told Castle Fine Art. “Like my family, friends and people I admire. My paintings surround my life, but I kept them to myself and limited myself. No one should ever limit themselves.”

The news comes a week after Depp appealed a jury’s decision that he owes ex-wife Amber Heard $2 million following their mutual defamation trial.

Depp said he was forced to appeal the verdict after Heard filed her own appeal, arguing that she did not have to pay Depp $10.4 million in damages (a figure set by law). in Virginia, where the trial took place, was reduced from the original $15 million price was held).

“The verdict speaks for itself and Mr. Depp believes this is a time for both parties to move on with their lives and heal,” a representative for Depp previously said in a statement provided to the Times.

“But if Ms. Heard is determined to pursue further litigation by appealing the verdict, Mr. Depp is filing a simultaneous appeal to ensure the full record and any legal issues are considered by the Court of Appeal.”

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Sarah Ridley

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