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Johnny Depp is making a fortune selling his paintings of celebrities

Rachel Lang

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Johnny Depp is making a fortune selling his paintings of celebrities

Featured Image Credit: Castle Galleries/YouTube.

Johnny Depp is making a motzer from selling art from pictures of celebrities.

Depp's second crack at his Friends and Heroes collection went on sale at Castle Fine Art Gallery, with a spokesperson for the gallery telling the Daily Mail the prints, which start at £3,750 (AUD$6,700, USD$4,500) each, had nearly sold out in five days.

"On Friday they had virtually all gone, there were just a handful of the River Phoenix prints left," the spokesperson said.

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Hunter S Thompson. Credit: Johnny Depp/Castle Fine Art Gallery
Hunter S Thompson. Credit: Johnny Depp/Castle Fine Art Gallery

"I expect they will have sold out as well by now."

And gone they have.

The four pieces of reggae star Bob Marley, writer Hunter S Thompson and late actors Heath Ledger and River Phoenix were all snapped up and are now listed as 'out of stock', as per the Castle Fine Art Gallery website.

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That brings the total pieces sold by Depp for the gallery to eight, with a previous collection of four pieces sold depicting folk legend Bob Dylan, Rolling Stone Keith Richards, actress Elizabeth Taylor and actor Al Pacino.

Heath Ledger. Credit: Johnny Depp/Castle Fine Art Gallery
Heath Ledger. Credit: Johnny Depp/Castle Fine Art Gallery

His first collection earned him £3 million (AUD$5.3 million, $USD3.6 million), which sold out in July 'almost immediately' after being made available for sale, according to the The Sunday-Times.

Depending on if the four major works were told individually or as a collection, Depp has made anywhere from £14,583.33 ($AUD26,000, $USD17,500) to £14,800 ($AUD26,400, $USD17,800) before VAT in a just few days.

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Speaking to the Daily Mail, Depp revealed he was 'touched' that people are interested in what he gets up to ‘outside of his day job’.

Bob Marley. Credit: Johnny Depp/Castle Fine Art Gallery
Bob Marley. Credit: Johnny Depp/Castle Fine Art Gallery

"For many years, I really held myself strictly to just the day job of the film business, even though I’ve always needed to escape into a blank piece of paper, whether it be writing, drawing or painting a blank canvas," Depp said.

"Tackling something for the first time with no idea of what’s about to commence and what it will come out to be is deeply fulfilling.

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"For people to actually see this stuff now for the first time, to react the way that they have, so positively, to whatever I have made is very moving."

River Pheonix. Credit: Johnny Depp/Castle Fine Art Gallery
River Pheonix. Credit: Johnny Depp/Castle Fine Art Gallery

But if Depp's pieces aren't to your taste, you could always purchase art from other celebrities instead.

Why not grab a painting, print, or sculpture by Scottish actor and comic Billy Connolly?

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Or perhaps you'd prefer a piece handcrafted by Bob Dylan.

If that sounds like a bit of you, they're all available at the very same Covent Garden gallery.

Topics: Celebrity, Johnny Depp, Art

Rachel Lang
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