Damien Hirst felt-tip drawing sells for £5,500

Damien Hirst
Image caption Damien Hirst won the Turner Prize in 1995

A felt-tip drawing on paper by the artist Damien Hirst failed to reach its guide price at auction.

"Charity - It Begins at Home" features a girl holding a teddy bear, with the artist's signature and the inscription: "It begins at home".

The hand-drawn picture by Hirst, who won the Turner Prize in 1995, had been expected to fetch between £6,000 and £8,000.

It sold to a bidder in the room for £5,500.

Measuring 25cm x 18.5cm, it went under the hammer at Mallams in Oxford.

It was one of over 700 works brought together under the umbrella Design and Modern British, and Post-War Art at the auction house.

One of Britain's most controversial artists, Hirst has previously bisected a cow and calf, and a covered a skull in more than 8,000 diamonds.

One of his most famous works featured a tiger shark in a formaldehyde-filled tank.

Image copyright Damien Hirst/Mallams
Image caption The hand-drawn picture went under the hammer at Mallams in Oxford

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