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Johnny Depp’s debut “Friends & Heroes” art collection sold out within hours on a London art gallery’s website on Thursday, earning the actor millions.
Castle Fine Art Gallery has listed 780 prints featuring pop art style portraits of Bob Dylan, Elizabeth Taylor, Al Pacino and Keith Richards.
“This world premiere turned out to be our best-selling collection to date, with all titles selling out in just hours,” the gallery announced on Instagram.
Depp focused on “the people he knew well who inspired him as a person,” according to the gallery. “Each image is an intimate reflection of their character in Johnny’s eyes; a representation of how they revealed themselves to him.”
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Al Pacino has been close friends since the pair starred in the crime drama ‘Donnie Brasco’ in 1997, bonding over a ‘shared tendency towards creative madness’, a brochure for the collection says.
He and Keith Richards share a love of music, especially ‘obscure blues bits’, and he called the Rolling Stones guitarist ‘the coolest rock ‘n’ roll star ever’ in the brochure . Richards partly inspired Depp’s character, Captain Jack Sparrow, in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise.
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The limited edition screen-printed portraits are sold individually and in a box. The set of four costs $15,040 and a single portrait costs $3,973.
Depp earned more than $3.6 million from Thursday’s sales, according to the Sunday-Times.
The actor’s successful foray into art follows a major victory in his defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard.
A Virginia jury awarded him $10.35 million in damages on June 1, finding Heard defamed him when she wrote a Washington Post op-ed in 2018 identifying herself as a victim of domestic violence.
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The panel ruled in favor of Heard on a single claim in its countersuit and awarded him $2 million in damages.
The verdict came after a sensational six-week trial in Fairfax County Circuit Court that was broadcast internationally.
Depp and the “Aquaman” actress are appealing the verdict.