Johnny Depp’s artworks sell out within hours of their debut
Artworks by Johnny Depp have sold out in less than a day since their debut, UK-based art dealer Castle Fine Art said on Friday. It comes weeks after his high-profile defamation lawsuit with ex-wife and actress Amber Heard.
The art house housed the actor’s Friends & Heroes collection, which has been described as paintings of people “who inspired him as a person.” Names include actors Al Pacino and Elizabeth Taylor, and musicians Bob Dylan and Keith Richards.
“#Johnny DeppThe debut collection of ‘Friends & Heroes’ is now officially sold out.” “This worldwide first release proved to be our fastest-selling collection to date, with all titles selling out within hours.”
In the first hours after his art premiered, the BBC reported that Depp made £3million – $3.6million – selling 780 prints across the art house’s 37 galleries. CBS News reached out to Castle Fine Art for the latest sales numbers, but they didn’t immediately respond.
Prior to the sale, Depp expressed his desire to have his art exhibited publicly.
“I’ve always used art to express my feelings and to reflect on those who matter most to me, like my family, friends and people I admire,” he said. “My paintings surround my life, but I kept them for restrict me and myself. No one should ever limit themselves.”
The release comes after a jury found both Depp and Heard liable in a defamation trial last month. However, Heard’s attorneys appeals the $10.35 million judgment last week. Camille Vasquez, one of Depp’s attorneys, narrated CBS Mornings co-host Gayle King in an interview they expected Heard to appeal.
“Mr. Depp eventually filed his own appeals so the court could have the full records. And – he insists on pursuing this matter further. We have to protect our client’s interests,” she said.
Vasquez said Depp’s team would not have appealed if Heard had not. Vasquez added, “It was never about the money for Mr. Depp.”