Beckhams dotty for Damien Victoria denies Harper Seven given '10,000 bespoke baby monitor from Brit artist'
07:57 GMT, 20 April 2012
Victoria Beckham has denied claims that her eight-month-old daughter Harper Seven, has been given a one-off baby monitor customised by Damien Hirst.
Reports yesterday revealed that the family, based in LA, are fans of the Brit artist, who is best known for suspending animals in tanks of formaldehyde and his diamond-encrusted human skull.
Contemporary art critic, David Lee, estimated the gadget to be worth in the region of 10,000 because of Hirst's place in the art market and the celebrity connection, but now it has emerged that the rumours are untrue.
David and Victoria have given Harper Seven her first taste of the art world with a baby monitor customised by Damien Hirst
Victoria and David's publicist Jo Milloy said: 'There are no baby gifts, or Damien Hirst baby monitor.
'The story is completely untrue.'
The Sun, which first reported the story, also claimed that the Beckham mansion contains at least
three paintings, and a silver bull's heart by Hirst while the new baby monitor sports the artist's signature butterfly motif.
Responding to the news, editor of the Jackdaw arts magazine, David Lee, told MailOnline: 'Artistically it's valueless, but because of Hirst's position in the market place it's worth something to people.
'There is novelty value and people will pay significantly more for items once owned by a celebrity. You can't really display the baby monitor on a mantlepiece, but it's crazy the prices that people pay these days.
'The Beckhams probably paid little more than 100 but now I would estimate the baby monitor to be worth 10,000.'
It is not known what kind of baby monitor Hirst personalised for the Beckhams
The Beckhams are said to be a fan of the British artist Damien Hirst
However it was confirmed that Victoria Beckham, 38, owns a pair of Manolo Blahnik ankle boots personalised by Hirst which were inspired by one if his spot paintings.
The former Spice Girl is understood never to have worn the footwear (with an estimated value of 250,000) outside and they are kept in a glass display case.
After five years the Beckhams are now making LA a permanent home and are having their Hertfordshire mansion valued by estate agents.
A retrospective of Hirst's work is running at London's Tate Modern until September 9.
Victoria is thought to own a pair of boots similar to these Manolo Blahnik and Damien Hirst 'Dot' Boots on display at The Metropolitan Museum of Art