Damien Hirst has today unveiled a new spot painting based on Disney character Mickey Mouse.

Hirst said he was inspired to paint the Disney character because it reminded him of “the joy of being a kid”.

He said: “Mickey Mouse represents happiness and the joy of being a kid and I have reduced his shape down to the basic elements of a few simple spots. I hope people love it, because it is still instantly recognisable – Mickey Mouse is such a universal and powerful icon.”

“Mickey”, painted in household gloss on canvas, will be auctioned next month at Christie’s to raise money for children’s charity Kids Company.

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