Even though this happened some years ago, I still find it fascinating what people will pay for art. Word is, Damian Hirst offered 1 million for the entire collection of the eccentric Walter Potter’s Art-Taxidermy Collection, but it was turned down. The entire collection was sold off piece by piece at auction, some pieces fetching more than $30,000, but I think it should have stayed together within a museum. There is nothing like it, and the sheer scope of the collection is amazing. I’ve heard some say it’s morbid, even cruel, etc…but I think it’s utterly fascinating that Walter Potter spent endless hours stuffing these creatures and setting up humorous, charming “after-lifes” for them….
There are some things in this world worth having, and I think these are among them. Sevan Bicakci is a Turkish jeweler and if you don’t know about him,do yourself a favor and look him up. I love that they are over the top fabulous and are collaborative, employing painting, calligraphy, engraving,enameling, sculpting and master gem-setting. If you are lucky enough to own a piece or pieces of his, let me know. I’d like to know if they are as magical on as they look.