Even though he is still in court with his ex-wife, Amber Heard, who is trying to get a June settlement against her overturned, Johnny Depp has started making art. His first collection was sold through Castle Fine Art for a whopping $3.6 million (£3 million).
The 59-year-old actor released a limited-edition collection of 780 pieces on Thursday, which sold out in just a few hours. Each picture sold for $4,800 (£3,950), and the whole portfolio of four images went for $18,000 (£14,950).
His collection was called “Friends & Heroes,” with pop-art pieces of Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Elizabeth Taylor, and Al Pacino.
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The collection is also called “pop art with a feeling,” which comes from the fact that it is a mash-up of “Pop Art” and “Street Art.”
“I’ve always used art to show how I feel and think about the people I care about most, like my family, friends, and people I admire. My paintings are a big part of my life, but I kept them to myself and didn’t show them to many people. Johnny Depp said on the Castle Fine Art information page that no one should ever put themselves in a box.
The “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor posted about the sale on Instagram, and it sold out in just a few hours.
After suing Heard for defamation and winning, Depp was given $10.35 million in damages.
But two months after, she was told to pay. The actress from “Aquaman” has asked for the award to be taken back.
Amber’s request for a mistrial was denied a week before. She said that one of the jurors shouldn’t have been able to serve because the summons was meant for his father. Who had the same name and lived at the same address.
Depp has also appealed against the $2 million (£1.7 million) in damages he was told to pay her.
The actor was in financial trouble because he had sold off a lot of his extensive portfolio of properties.
In 2016, he put his four-story Venetian mansion with a view of Venice’s Grand Canal on the market for $10.8 million. January 2011, he paid $13 million for it.
In 2017, he sold the last of his five LA penthouses for a whopping $10.88 million. Which was about $2 million less than he had asked for.
And that wasn’t all. He sold his ranch-style home in Kentucky in 2020 for only $1,350,000, even though it was worth $2.33 million.
The penthouse he shared with Heard in downtown Los Angeles was also on the market last month for $1.76 million.