Claims Hirst stole magpie idea
ARTIST Damien Hirst has denied his work is based on an idea stolen from another painting.
The 47-year-old, who has a studio in Stroud and owns Toddington Manor near Tewkesbury, is accused of stealing the concept behind his Magpie works from an unknown artist.
The Turner prize winner's four magpie paintings are said to be similar to those by Max McLaughlin, who exhibited his works two years earlier.
A spokesman for Mr Hirst said: "Damien has never seen this painting and was not aware of this artist's work."
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But Mr McLaughlin believes the similarities between his painting, which sold for £800 and the work of the Hirst, who is said to be worth £235 million, were too great to be a coincidence."
He told the Daily Mail: "There are just too many marked similarities for it to be anything other than plagiarism."