Još je 1989., ljubitelj umjetnosti, tada 28-godišnji Robert Tibbles, kupio nekonvencionalno umjetničko djelo - ormarić za lijekove pun bočica s pilulama, i to za 600 funti. Prijatelji su mu se rugali, govoreći da je bacio novac u vjetar i kupio smeće, no nisu mogli ni sanjati da će jedan takav ormarić 2020. godine postići cijenu od vrtoglavih 1.8 milijuna funti.
Taj ormarić, bio je naime rani rad umjetnika Damiena Hirsta, koji se tada tek probijao na umjetničku scenu, a danas je jedan od najbogatijih živućih umjetnika. Rad nazvan "Tijela" naći će se na aukciji uz ostatak Tibblesove kolekcije u kojoj su i djela Michaela Craiga-Martina i Gilberta &Georgea.
- Na mene je taj ormarić za lijekove ostavio dubok dojam. Ne mogu objasniti zašto sam ga morao kupiti, ali morao sam. Dugo su mi se ljudi rugali zbog toga, govoreći 'što će ti ovo u sobi' - rekao je Tibbles koji je umjetnine počeo sakupljati dok je bio mladi broker.
I sam umjetnik Damien Hirst oglasio se na Instagramu rekavši da se vrlo dobro sjeća Tibblesa koji je vjerovao u njega kada nitko drugi nije i pomogao mu da učini svoje prve korake na umjetničkom tržištu.
- Ovo je jedan od prvih ormarića koje sam napravio od ukupno 12. Tada nisam imao asistente pa sam ih slagao sam, u svojoj kuhinji - otkrio je Hirst
Robert Tibbles good luck with the sale of these works this week at Phillips London, a couple of people said to me aren’t you sad he’s selling? And I said no not at all he’s kept them for over 30 years and he’s a lovely man. And he believed in me when no one did. Not many people bought my work in those days and the ones that did sold it pretty quickly. . So all hail Robert Tibbles and he really did get great examples of my work, the spin painting is one of the first ones I made and the spot painting is a beauty, I didn’t make many big ones with small dots and not many people had space for them as I wasn’t very well known. The fly painting is a very early one, so Robert got in super early with those, and the medicine cabinet is one of the first 12 I made in 1989. It was before I had assistants and so I made it myself in my kitchen, buying all the bits from B&Q and I collected the medicine bottles and boxes from my local hospital in Greenwich. . The early pill painting I made using eggshell paint because I didn’t want to make art using artists materials and that’s why they crack now, but I think it’s part of the charm. I made 4 like this with different amounts of pills and this is the best one in the best condition. And the butterflies in the sky painting I painted the clouds myself and I wanted it to look easy and loose up close but representational like clouds from a distance, I struggled with this one for a long time because I didn’t want it to look like it had been painted by an artist. . It’s funny to think back about what was going through my mind back then and where I am now, anyway best of luck Robert and thanks for believing in me and keeping and living with my work all these years 💜🔵🔴⚫️⚪️🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋 🦋🦋🦋🦋