Johnny Depp sold his first art collection within hours, garnering over £3million in sales.
On Thursday (July 28), Depp announced via Instagram that his collection of four portraits, titled Friends and Heroes, would be for sale on the Castle Fine Art website.
The portraits depict four artists Depp “knew well and who inspired him as a person,” according to the gallery’s website. They are: Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, Bob Dylan and movie actors Al Pacino and Elizabeth Taylor.
The 780 prints in the collection sold out within hours of Depp’s publication, with individual framed images priced at £3,950 and the full portfolio of four images selling for £14,950.
According to evening standard, the website temporarily crashed due to the huge volume of people accessing it at the same time.
Speaking about his work in the gallery brochure, Depp said: “I have always used art to express my feelings and to reflect on those who mean the most to me, such as my family, my friends and the people I love. admire. My paintings surround my life, but I kept them to myself and limited myself. No one should ever limit themselves.
Meanwhile, the gallery described the star’s work as existing “at the intersection of pop art and street art” and as “pop art with feeling”.
The art sale comes weeks after Depp released a new album, 18 years old, with his friend and collaborator Jeff Beck.
In a two-star review for The IndependentMark Beaumont called the album “an easy Hollywood back-slapper”.
Depp has been busy ever since winning the US libel case against ex-wife Amber Heard, touring the UK with Beck to venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and he made several public appearances.
Heard has formally appealed the $10.35m (£8.5m) verdict against her, while Depp has decided to overturn the $2m (£1.6m) libel award. pounds sterling) she received.