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Legendary artist and humanitarian Damien Hirst has donated a painting to a cancer charity that is expected to fetch over £10,000 at auction.

The 43-year-old artist gifted the painting – one of his acclaimed spin-circle works – to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, a charity set up by former English football star Bobby Robson, who is currently battling cancer for the fifth time. The charity was set up in 2008 and has already raised £1m for a new medical research centre at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

“I think it’s a fantastic and generous gesture from Mr Hirst,” said Robson. “He’s clearly a very talented artist and I must say I’ll be sorry to give up this wonderful painting. I’m sure we’ll find a very appreciative buyer who will enjoy owning this striking artwork and they will also have the satisfaction of knowing they have helped a very important cause.”

The artwork will be displayed at the Lazarides Gallery in Newcastle and prospective buyers are invited to register their interest with the gallery.

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