The British traveling exhibition, Sensation at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in 1999-2000 brought Damien Hirst to my attention as well at the most controversial piece in the God-fearing USA The Holy Virgin Mary by Chris Ofili. I loved the overall controversy of the show and embraced Hirst's and many of the other artist's work. Now I am not so sure, I question myself whether I am just getting old or soft, but I no longer support the shark.
Here are a few links about Damien Hirst's 70 million pound day at Sotheby's in London:
From The Guardian, Thaidian News, The Economist-- this link has the photo of the shark, that sold for got 8.5 million pounds.