What Johnny Depp did next: a £1,950 self-portrait in aid of mental health


Actor Johnny Depp is making as many waves in the art world as in the film industry. Depp recently announced “the launch of a time edition sale of his newly revealed self-portrait Five (2023), conceived as he entered the fifth year of a challenging period in his life”, says a pithy press statement. “If the piece resonates with even just one person, this art has purpose,” opines Depp.

The self-portrait, Depp’s first, will be sold as a time-limited edition from 20 July for 13 days only (“a number significant to the artist”) and priced from £1,950. As a very generous gesture, $200 from each sale will go directly to Mental Health America, a community-based non-profit charity focused on mental health issues. Fans will be delighted to see that each work—based on a photograph taken for Christian Dior Parfums in 2015—is signed by Depp and emboss stamped by hand with “Johnny’s personal mark of authenticity”.

The self-portrait piece is available with Castle Fine Art, a subsidiary of the Washington Green Fine Art retail group, which also offers works by Bob Dylan, Billy Conolly and Marvel. Earlier this year Depp created a series of silkscreen prints that netted him at least £4.5m.


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