Damien Hirst: 'I'm Not Buying Art -- But You Totally Should!'

Y.B.A. posterman Damien Hirst -- yes, he who smashed Picasso's 1993 single-artist auction record back in September with a $199 million haul -- is not buying art these days. Seems he is one of the wealthy patrons whose reticence accounts for the 30 to 50 percent drop in contemporary art acquisitions. Nevertheless, he'd still like you to open your wallet -- he'll be making bronze meteorites soon, he thinks (quote: "They're going to be out of this world!") and Lord knows we all need one of those. About as much as we need a $100 million diamond-encrusted skull, or a dead shark suspended in aqua formaldehyde.

Check out his entire too-cool-for-school interview here.