$3million sculpture destroyed by Rolls Royce was designed by art icon Damien Hirst

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million sculpture destroyed by Rolls Royce was designed by art icon Damien Hirst

The $3million coral art Sphinx destroyed when a 66-year-old Florida woman smashed her Rolls Royce into it was designed by British artist Damien Hirst and owned by hedge fund magnate Steven Tananbaum.

The unidentified female driver hurtled through a backyard in Palm Beach, Florida, before plowing through a fence and a 5-foot-high seawall.

Astonishing photos shared by the Palm Beach Police show the car suspended from the seawall with its nose buried in the sand.

Tananbaum built GoldenTree Asset Management into a $47billion hedge fund. As of 2023, he is worth $2.2 billion, according to Benzinga, art news hailed Tananbaum and wife Lisa as one of the Top 200 Art Collectors of 2022.

The Tananbaums said the sculpture known as ‘Sphinx’, part of a series called ‘Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable’ by Hirst, has suffered serious damage, according to yahoo news,

A photo of the $3 million statue – known as ‘Sphinx’ and part of a larger series – after it had been struck by the driver was shared by Palm Beach Police

A photo shared by Palm Beach Police shows the car suspended from the seawall with its nose buried in the sand

A photo shared by Palm Beach Police shows the car suspended from the seawall with its nose buried in the sand

The Sphinx is part of a satirical series of sculptures by Hirst of what are meant to be fake artifacts, which Hirst has even created a documentary series telling the backstories behind.

The documentary featured Hirst and a crew revealing the secrets of the fake shipwreck.

The premise behind the exhibit was that an astonishing array of ancient statues and artefacts was supposedly lost when a huge ship sank in the Indian Ocean, 2,000 years ago.

The Venice debut was hated by critics, with one saying the ‘absurd’ Treasures From The Wreck Of The Incredible show ‘should be dumped at the bottom of the sea’.

Hirst shot to fame in 1992 when his 14-foot tiger shark pickled in formaldehyde became the focal point of the Saatchi Gallery Young British Artists (YBA’s) exhibition.

Next came a pickled sheep and a sliced ​​cross-section of a cow and calf, and three years later he won the Turner Prize.

speaking to the BBC About his art in 2018, he said: ‘If I put it in a skip outside a pub, would someone take it home? And you think, ‘yeah, they would.’ If it’s good, it won’t get left in the street. I think that’s a good way of working out if a painting’s good or not.’

In 2022, Hirst burned some of his original artworks collectively worth about $12.5million – after pledging to destroy them as part of a digital art stunt.

The Sphinx piece by British artist Damien Hirst is seen at the press presentation of his exhibit 'Treasures of the Wreck of the Unbelievable'

The Sphinx piece by British artist Damien Hirst is seen at the press presentation of his exhibit ‘Treasures of the Wreck of the Unbelievable’

The piece is part of a satirical series of sculptures by Hirst of what are meant to be fake artifacts, which Hirst has even created a documentary series telling the backstories behind

The piece is part of a satirical series of sculptures by Hirst of what are meant to be fake artifacts, which Hirst has even created a documentary series telling the backstories behind

The premise behind the exhibit was that an astonishing array of ancient statues and artefacts was supposedly lost when a huge ship sank in the Indian Ocean, 2,000 years ago.

The premise behind the exhibit was that an astonishing array of ancient statues and artefacts was supposedly lost when a huge ship sank in the Indian Ocean, 2,000 years ago.

Steven Tananbaum (pictured left) and Lisa Tananbaum (pictured right), who own the piece, say that it has been severely damaged.

Steven Tananbaum (pictured left) and Lisa Tananbaum (pictured right), who own the piece, say that it has been severely damaged.

The female driver hurtled through the backyard in Palm Beach, Florida, before plowing through a fence and a 5-foot-high seawall

The female driver hurtled through the backyard in Palm Beach, Florida, before plowing through a fence and a 5-foot-high seawall

Hirst shot to fame in 1992 when his 14-foot tiger shark pickled in formaldehyde became the focal point of the Saatchi Gallery Young British Artists (YBA's) exhibition

Hirst shot to fame in 1992 when his 14-foot tiger shark pickled in formaldehyde became the focal point of the Saatchi Gallery Young British Artists (YBA’s) exhibition

The 66-year-old motorist has yet to be identified

The 66-year-old motorist has yet to be identified

Police said the woman – who was a local resident – did not appear intoxicated and was taken to the nearby St Mary’s Medical Center for evaluation. Officers did not say whether she had been charged.

The car appeared to be a 2021 Rolls Royce Dawn – worth around $359, 250.

The incident took place on the affluent Canterbury Lane just after 6pm on Friday.

From there she told cops she had no recollection of the hours leading up to the crash.

A police report said she was captured on camera entering the property from the driveway before traveling east and making contact with the curb.

The vehicle came to a stop before the driver moved east again and struck the statue.

She then smashed into a landscape fence before crashing into the seawall and onto the beach, police said.

She was promptly rescued by the city’s Fire Rescue division. Nobody else was injured and the vehicle was towed from the premises.

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