No kidding. This is one of the highest, if not THE highest amount paid for the works of one artist at a single auction event. Ever. I list a few works, which were sold for around a million dollars, and of course the animals. For the complete list, head over to the Sotheby’s website.
Strawberries and cream – sold for £541,250 ($967,917)
Landscape and memory – sold for £601,250 ($1,075,215)
The Tree Of Life – sold for £601,250 ($1,075,215)
The Golden Calf – sold for £10,345,250 ($18,500,410)
The Kingdom – sold for 9,561,250 GBP ($17,098,383)
The Black Sheep With The Golden Horn – sold for 2,617,250 GBP ($4,680,428)
About Damien Hirst (source Wikipedia):
Damien Hirst (born June 7, 1965) is an English artist and the most prominent of the group that has been dubbed “Young British Artists” (or YBAs). Hirst dominated the art scene in Britain during the 1990s and is internationally renowned. During the 1990s his career was closely linked with the collector Charles Saatchi, but increasing frictions came to a head in 2003 and the relationship ended.
Death is a central theme in Hirst’s works. He became famous for a series in which dead animals (including a shark, a sheep and a cow) are preserved—sometimes having been dissected—in formaldehyde. His most iconic work is The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, a 14-foot (4.3 m) tiger shark immersed in formaldehyde in a vitrine. Its sale in 2004 made him the world’s second most expensive living artist after Jasper Johns. In June 2007, Hirst overtook Johns when his Lullaby Spring sold for £9.65 million at Sotheby’s in London. On 30 August 2007, Hirst outdid his previous sale of Lullaby Spring with For The Love of God which sold for £50 million to an unknown investment group. He is also known for “spin paintings,” made on a spinning circular surface, and “spot paintings,” which are rows of randomly-coloured circles.