Johnny Depp sold a collection of his own made-up prints of Hollywood and rock icons for nearly £3 million (over $3.5 million) through the UK gallery chain on Thursday.
The 59-year-old “Pirates of the Caribbean” star has spent lakhs of rupees in a legal battle with his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, 36.
Depp wrote on Instagram Thursday morning that the prints were going for 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 entitled “Friends and Heroes” was “a testament to the people he knows 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 limit themselves.”
The works depict Dylan, the late actress Elizabeth Taylor, actor Al Pacino and Rolling Stone’s Keith Richards.
The gallery chain later posted a tweet saying that “Johnny Depp broke the internet” and that its website had crashed due to demand.
All prints were marked “out of stock” as of 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.
In June, Depp won a $10 million award in a defamation case against Heard in the United States, while he won $2 million in damages after counter-suing.
Heard is appealing the jury trial’s decision, which was live-streamed to millions and featured vague and intimate details about the former couple’s personal lives.
Depp previously lost a defamation suit in London in 2020 against British tabloid The Sun for calling her a “wife-beater”.
In another creative venture, the actor released an album this month with English rocker Jeff Beck.
The record has been poorly reviewed by critics but has broken into the top 40 in the UK.
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