Johnny Depp presented a series of celebrity paintings including reggae star Bob Marley, writer Hunter S. Thompson, actors Heath Ledger and River Phoenix. Portraits painted by Depp went on sale at the Castle Fine Art Gallery in London's Covent Garden last Monday.
Yesterday it became known that the paintings, which cost $5,400 each, were almost completely sold out in five days. As a result, the actor managed to earn $ 5.4 million, according to the Daily Mail .
Portrait of Hunter C. Thompson/Daily Mail
Portrait of Bob Marley/Daily Mail
Portrait of Heath Ledger/Daily Mail
This is the second exhibition of Johnny Depp's Friends and Heroes collection to take place in the UK. The first series, which included portraits of folk legend Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, movie stars Elizabeth Taylor and Al Pacino, sold out within hours last July.
The "Pirates of the Caribbean" star was very touched that people were interested in the art he did "outside of his day job".
"For many years, I spent most of my time shooting films, but I always need to be creative - writing or drawing. Taking on something for the first time, having no idea what is about to begin and how it will turn out, - it brings deep satisfaction. The fact that people see my paintings for the first time, react so positively to everything that I have created, is very touching, "said Depp.
Previously, Johnny Depp also put up for sale his paintings in the form of NFTs. On a site specially created for the project, "Never be afraid of the truth", Depp said that art was present in his life long before he became an actor. All this time he continued to paint, but did not seek to show them to the public out of respect for other artists who cannot promote their work using a big name.
Note that over the past few years, Johnny Depp has experienced financial difficulties, having lost lucrative contracts and offers in the film industry due to a scandalous divorce from Amber Heard . However, after the court's acquittal and the end of the proceedings, Depp's career took off again, and fans began to buy up everything that was somehow connected with his name. For example, the men's fragrance Sauvage by Dior, in which he starred in advertising, became a bestseller .