Johnny Depp just 'broke the internet' selling his artwork for R60 million in a matter of hours

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  • Johnny Depp has sold his artwork for around £3 million (R60 212 819).
  • The artwork - a collection of prints - called Friends & Heroes includes images of Bob Dylan, Elizabeth Taylor, Al Pacino and Keith Richards.
  • Demand for the prints crashed the Castle Fine Art website and sold out within a few hours.
  • The news comes amid the actor's ongoing legal battle with ex-wife, Amber Heard.

Johnny Depp on Thursday sold a collection of prints he created of Hollywood and rock icons for around £3 million (R60 212 819) via a UK gallery chain.

Depp wrote on Instagram on Thursday morning that the prints were going on sale online at Castle Fine Art, which runs a network of UK galleries.

The art retailer posted a photo of Depp working on a portrait of singer Bob Dylan.

It said that the collection of prints called Friends & Heroes was "a testament to those he has known well and others who have inspired him as a person".

The gallery quoted Depp as saying: "My paintings surround my life, but I kept them to myself and limited myself. No one should ever limit themselves."

The works depict Dylan, the late actress Elizabeth Taylor, actor Al Pacino and Rolling Stone Keith Richards.

The gallery chain later posted a tweet saying that "Johnny Depp broke the internet" and its website had crashed due to demand.

All the prints were marked as "out of stock" by Thursday evening. There were 780 pieces of art.

Buyers paid 14 950 for a set of all four framed prints or 3 950 for a single print.

The 59-year-old Pirates of the Caribbean star has spent millions on a bitter legal battle with his ex-wife, Amber Heard.

Depp in June won $10 million in a defamation case against Heard in the United States, while she won $2 million in damages after counter-suing.

Heard is appealing against the verdict of the jury trial, which was live-streamed to millions and featured lurid and intimate details about the former couple's private lives.

Heard has since appealed the court's decision, while Depp has filed to appeal Amber Heard's $2 million countersuit win.

Of his decision to appeal, his lawyer Camille Vasquez said: "Mr. Depp ended up filing his own appeal, so that the court could have the full record." She added, "And [Heard] insists on continuing to litigate this matter, and we have to protect our client's interest."

Depp previously lost a libel case against the British tabloid The Sun in London in 2020 for calling him a "wife-beater".

In another creative venture, the actor this month released an album with English rocker Jeff Beck.

The record has been poorly reviewed by critics but broke into the top 40 in the UK.

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