The art of making money

Dubliner Frank Dunphy is the man who made Damien Hirst a multimillionaire, working closely with the British artist to shake up the stuffy art world. He reflects on a career that took him from north Co Dublin to the world’s most lucrative auction rooms

20th January, 2019

We’d have a novice priest up in the pulpit reading from Dante’s Inferno as we ate our boiled eggs for breakfast. They’d go on and on about the pain and suffering of Hell. At the age of about 13, this was the horrific way in which we started our days. It was bloody madness. “They’d say: ‘And always remember, gentlemen. If you were given the task of counting all the grains of sand in the...

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