Despite still being embroiled in legal battles with ex-wife Amber Heard – while the actress fights to overturn a June court settlement against her – Johnny Depp has turned his hand to artwork, selling his first collection for $3.6m (£3m) from Through Castle Fine Art.
The 59-year-old actor released a limited-edition 780-piece set that sold out within hours on Thursday, with single photos selling for $4,800 (£3,950) and the full set of four photos selling for $18,000 (£14,950).
Artist: Johnny Depp, 59, sold his first art collection for £3 million just hours after announcing the sale.
His collection focused on Friends and Heroes, and included pieces in pop art style from Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Elizabeth Taylor and Al Pacino.
Based on people he knew well, and who inspired him as a person, seller Castle Fine Art describes the pieces as each image being an intimate reflection of her personality in Johnny’s eyes; Depicting how they revealed themselves to him.
Explaining that it intersects “pop art” and “street art,” the group is also called “pop art with a feel.”
LIMITED EDITION: The actor released a limited edition of 780 pieces that sold out within hours on Thursday, with single photos selling for $4,800 (£3,950) and the entire set of four photos selling for $18,000.
Pop Art: His collection focused on ‘Friends and Heroes’ and included pop art-style pieces by Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Elizabeth Taylor and Al Pacino (Bob Dylan piece, sold for $4,800 (£3,950)
Feeling: To make it clear that it is a cross between “Pop Art” and “Street Art”, the group has also been dubbed “Pop Art with a Sense” (Elizabeth Taylor piece, sold for $4,800 (£3,950)
I have always used art to express my feelings and think about the people who are most important to me, like my family, friends, and the people I love. My paintings surround my life, but I kept them to myself and chained myself. Johnny said via the Castle Fine Art information page.
The “Pirates Of The Caribbean” star announced the sale on his Instagram account, prompting the group to sell out within hours.
It comes after Depp received $10.35 million in damages following a defamation lawsuit against Heard.
Paintings: ‘I’ve always used art to express my feelings and think about the people who are most important to me, like my family, friends and the people I love,’ he explained (the Al Pacino and Keith Richards pieces sold for $4,800 (£3,950)
Depp is working on a Bob Dylan canvas, which appeared in his first art collection “Friends & Heroes” which sold alongside Keith Richards, Al Pacino and Elizabeth Taylor for $18,000.
Sale: The Pirates Of The Caribbean star announced the sale on his Instagram account, resulting in the collection selling out within hours.
Signed corner of Johnny Depp Elizabeth Taylor artwork. The actor’s complete first set sold for a whopping $3.6 million
But the actress in the series The Aquaman demanded to cancel the award, two months after he was ordered to pay.
Amber’s request to annul the trial was denied a week ago, arguing that one of the jurors in the case should not have qualified to serve because his summons was for his father, who has the same name and lives at the same address.
Since the appeal, Depp has also lodged an appeal against $2m (£1.7m) in damages ordered to be paid to her.
Legal issues: It comes after Johnny received $10.35 million in damages following a defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard – which the actress has now appealed
After their divorce, the actor was said to be in financial turmoil, as he sold a large portion of his huge real estate portfolio.
In 2016, he listed his four-story Venetian mansion overlooking Venice’s Grand Canal for $10.8 million — after paying $13 million for it in January 2011.
While 2017 saw him sell the last of his five penthouses in Los Angeles, which raised $10.88 million — about $2 million below the group asking price.
And it didn’t stop there: He gave up his Kentucky ranch-style stand in 2020 for nearly half its cash value — earning just $1,350,000, though it’s worth $2.33 million.
While the penthouse in downtown Los Angeles, which he shared with Heard, was also on the market last month for $1.76 million.
Artwork Characteristics: After their divorce, the actor was said to be in a financial turmoil, as he sold a large portion of his huge real estate portfolio (his Kentucky ranch, sold in 2020, pictured)