Johnny Depp obtained more than 3 million pounds (3.5 million euros) in the first sale of his artistic creations, through the British gallery Castle Fine Artaccording to British media reports.
The interpreter of films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, 59, announced this Thursday the sale of his signed limited edition lithographs through his Instagram account, which caused a frenzy of activity on the gallery’s portal, which came to be blocked.
The 780 pieces offered online, within his debut collection “Friends and Heroes”, represent four people who, as the artist himself explained, have inspired him: Rolling Stone Keith Richards; actor Al Pacino; folk legend Bob Dylan and actress Elizabeth Taylor.
Individual framed works were sold at a price of 3,950 (4,700 euros) and the complete set of four images for 14,950 (17,850 euros).
“I have always used art to express my feelings and reflect on the people who matter most to me.like my family, friends and the people I admire”, declared the actor on the website, who confesses that until then he had kept his art to himself.
In a statement, the gallery described his work as “situated at the intersection between pop and street art”and highlighted his free and fluid strokes.
From photographic references, each image has been reduced to a simpler and more iconic representation of the subjectwhich Johnny has then developed and energized with his characteristic freehand strokes,” the gallery described.
Castle Fine Art, which has previously sold works by Dylan himself and Ronnie Wood, among others, said it had been in talks to show Depp’s work for some time and hopes to do so again in the future.
After winning the libel suit against his ex-wife Amber Heard, The actor is set to return to “Pirates of the Caribbean” and is in talks with Disney about a “$300 million deal.”
Depp, 59, has starred in five franchise films over the last 15 years and did what was believed to be his last job as Jack Sparrow in “Black Pearl in Dead Men Tell No Tales,” which was released in 2017.
A source told the site poptopic that the actor has been in talks with Disney since the end of his media trial with Heard, who must pay him USD 10.35 million.
Disney removed him from the sixth and final installment due to Heard’s domestic abuse claim.
The actress filed an appeal last Thursday to the ruling by which a jury in the courts of Fairfax (Virginia) found her guilty of defamationalmost two months ago.
“We believe the court made errors that prevented a fair and consistent First Amendment verdict,” the actress’ public relations team said in a statement.
The text, in which no further details are offered on Heard’s defense arguments, concludes that “although Twitter’s bonfires will be lit today”, they have decided to appeal the ruling to “guarantee both fairness and justice”.
Heard’s lawyers had already announced that they would appeal the verdict if the jury considered that the opinion piece that the actress signed in 2018 in the newspaper Washington Postwhere he was described as a “public figure representing domestic abuse”, was considered to constitute a crime of defamation.
(With information from EFE)
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