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Visual art: the international contemporary art market surged by 35 per cent in 2011's auctions, as wealthy buyers, seeking a safe resting place for their cash, bought works by fashionable names

1st January, 2012
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Damien Hirst.

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**Visual art:** the international contemporary art market surged by 35 per cent in 2011's auctions, as wealthy buyers, seeking a safe resting place for their cash, bought works by fashionable names including Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Richard Prince

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