In the swim

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And so farewell to Damien Hirst's shark, the 14-foot creature of the deep suspended in formaldehyde that introduced us to Britart. It was presumptuous to hope that its rightful last resting place would be the Tate Modern - a gallery that in scale and style somehow suited it. But we regret its departure. Charles Saatchi has made a pretty penny on his outlay. The consolation for the rest of us is that the shark has not been lost to the nation so much as translated into the global dimension. It is off to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Britart's proud ambassador to the big wide world. (PS. Please can we keep the sheep?)

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