Making Art Affordable; Charles Booth-Clibborn Introduced Damien Hirst to the Medium of Artists' Prints

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CHARLES Booth-Clibborn founded The Paragon Press in 1986 to revive thefashion for artists' prints. Over the past 20 years, he has worked with manyestablished artists.

Booth-Clibborn introduced Damien Hirst to the medium. Each short run (oftenfewer than 50) sells out swiftly, and Paragon pieces rarely come up for resaleuntil now, writes Katrina Burroughs.

Booth-Clibborn plans to move from South Kensington to larger premises inCamberwell, funded by a sale from his archive. There will be 120 prints byAnish Kapoor, Marc Quinn, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Grayson Perry, RachelWhiteread, Peter Doig and the Chapman brothers, with estimates of [pounds sterling]500 to[pounds sterling]40,000. Some are artist's and publisher's proofs. Several have hand-colouring;many are signed. All combine a big name with relatively low prices.Booth-Clibborn points out: "Many people do not realise they can afford work bya renowned artist." He's right. Peter Doig's White Canoe fetched [pounds sterling]5.7millionlast year, the highest price paid for any living artist's work at auction, butin the Paragon sale, a signed artist's proof of Doig's Rodedale House, 1996, isestimated at [pounds sterling]1,500 to [pounds sterling]2,500 and 28 Damien Hirsts are each valued from [pounds sterling]2,500,including Chicken from The Last Suppera screenprint in the style of a medicine bottle label. …