He built a name and a fortune with formaldehyde-preserved animals, live butterflies and a rotting cow head.
Hirst, who famously employed assembly lines of thousands to produce his unremitting grids of colour, has boiled down Walt’s most famous mascot to 12 spots.
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But rest assured… this won’t be funding a second Hirst castle, for proceeds of the sale will go to the charity Kids Company.
Hirst says: “Mickey Mouse represents happiness and the joy of being a kid and I have reduced his shape down to the basic elements of a few simple spots.
“I hope people love it, because it is still instantly recognisable – Mickey Mouse is such a universal and powerful icon.”
The painting will be auctioned at Christie’s in February.