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9th October 2014

Fact: British artist Tracey Emin is the latest star to give the Brit award a makeover. Bosses behind the British music award ceremony have previously commissioned Damien Hirst and Sir Peter Blake to put their own twist on the statuette's design, and now Emin will add her unique touch to next year's (15) trophies.

8th April 2014

Fact: Controversial British artist Damien Hirst has signed a deal to publish his autobiography. He will collaborate on the book with journalist James Fox, who worked on Keith Richards' successful memoir Life.

11th December 2013

Fact: Two of Damien Hirst's iconic 'spot' pieces have been stolen from a gallery in London. The artwork, worth around $49,500 (£33,000) was taken from the Exhibitionist Gallery in Notting Hill, west London in the early hours of Monday morning (09Dec13).

29th November 2012

Fact: British artist Damien Hirst will design the trophy for next year's (12) Brit Awards. He follows in the footsteps of Dame Vivienne Westwood and Sir Peter Blake, who have both previously fashioned the statuettes.

6th August 2012

Fact: David Beckham commissioned artist Damien Hirst to create a painting for his daughter Harper, who turned one last month (Jul12). The lilac heart piece, entitled Daddy's Girl, hangs in the tot's bedroom.

30th July 2009

Fact: Shock artist Damien Hirst gifted Sienna Miller two of his works after the actress agreed to rub blood from a cow carcass all over her in a 2008 video he directed for rockers The Hours.

31st October 2008

Fact: Actress Sienna Miller stars as a crazed hospital patient in British rockers The Hours' latest music video, which was directed by the band's pal, artist Damien Hirst.

10th January 2008

Fact: Artist Damien Hirst will be filmed by the BBC as he paints a portrait of soccer star David Beckham. The piece is expected to fetch millions in an auction for British charity appeal Sports Relief in March (08).

13th December 2007

Fact: British artist Damien Hirst has donated four of his pieces to London's Tate gallery, including his famous Mother and Child Divided - cut-up cows in formaldehyde - for which he won the Turner Prize.

6th December 2007

Fact: Artist Damien Hirst recruited famed British chef and HELL'S KITCHEN star MARCO PIERRE WHITE to buy the world's largest truffle for him at an international auction held simultaneously in China, England and Italy on Saturday (01Dec07). But White was forced to drop out of the bidding after offers topped $110,000 (GBP55,000). The white fungus eventually went to casino mogul Stanley Ho, who forked over $330,000 (GBP165,000) for the delicacy, according to the New York Post's gossip column, Page Six.

16th July 2007

Fact: Damien Hirst has become Britain's highest earning living artist after sales from his recent exhibition reached GBP130 million ($260 million).

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