03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Developer Pays $10 Mil For Hirst's Pickled Dove Installation

Dennis Hopper certainly seemed to like it. "This is his best piece of work I think I have ever seen," he extolled.

"This to me covers surrealism, the history of art, the hanging of meat ... the whole thing is great."

The film star was salivating today over the centrepiece of Damien Hirst's latest art installation-cum-marketing stunt: a 12 ft-high tank that contains 10,000 litres of formaldehyde.

Inside the fluid a diminutive white dove is suspended, its wings outstretched in a metal cage. Flanking it are two brutal halves of a sliced cow, a long string of fat Italian sausages, a well-worn leather armchair and, with a nod to Magritte, an open black umbrella.

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