Johnny Depp raises around £3million from the sale of his first art collection

Johnny Depp has raised around £3million in a matter of hours from the sale of his artwork.

The 59-year-old Hollywood actor announced on Instagram that he was selling prints from his first collection, Friends And Heroes, through the Castle Fine Art gallery in Covent Garden, London.

The works depict four people who inspired him, Rolling Stone Keith Richards, actor Al Pacino, folk legend Bob Dylan and Hollywood actress Elizabeth Taylor, and feature what the gallery describes as “characteristic freehand flourishes “.

All 780 pieces sold out within hours on Thursday, with individual framed pictures for £3,950 and the full portfolio of four pictures selling for £14,950.

Depp’s Instagram post, captioned only, “NOW AT #CASTREFINEART,” caused a stampede on the gallery’s website, causing it to crash.

He 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, friends and people I look up to.

“My paintings surround my life, but I kept them to myself and limited myself. No one should ever limit themselves.

Depp’s Bob Dylan coin (Castle Fine Art/PA)

Speaking on behalf of Washington Green Fine Art Publishers, Glyn Washington said: “Working with Johnny through the process of curating this collection and producing his limited edition works has been a singular joy and privilege. .

“He’s a real creative, with an extraordinary sense of detail and nuance. I look forward to introducing Johnny’s Friends And Heroes to our vast collector base through Castle Fine Art.

In a press release, the gallery described Depp’s work as existing “at the intersection of pop art and street art” and as “pop art with sentiment.”

The gallery had long been in talks with Depp about arranging an exhibition and sale of his work, and hopes to host more in the future.

The work of Keith Richards (Castle Fine Art/PA)

The work of Keith Richards (Castle Fine Art/PA)

The sale comes after the conclusion of Depp’s highly publicized lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard.

A jury found a 2018 article Heard wrote for the Washington Post about her experiences as a survivor of domestic abuse was defamatory and awarded $10.35million (£8.2million) in damages and interest to Depp.

Heard won on one count of her countersuit, successfully claiming that Depp’s publicist defamed her by claiming her allegations were “an abuse hoax” aimed at capitalizing on the #movement MeToo.

The jury awarded him two million dollars (£1.5million) in damages.

Elizabeth Taylor Print by Johnny Depp (Castle Fine Art/PA)

Elizabeth Taylor Print by Johnny Depp (Castle Fine Art/PA)

During deliberations, Depp appeared on stage with veteran rock guitarist Jeff Beck, 78, during his UK tour.

The pair also recently released a collaborative album, titled 18, which charted in the top 40 in the UK.

Earlier this month, Depp sold a series of non-fungible tokens (NFTs), called Never Fear Truth, which also represented his close friends and heroes, raising nearly $800,000 (£660,000) for charity .

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