Artist Damien Hirst made a payout to settle a copyright dispute over his 20ft sculpture Hymn, which was bought by Charles Saatchi earlier the same year for £1m.
Hirst agreed an undisclosed sum to head off legal action for breach of copyright by the designer and makers of a tory, which bares resemblance to his work.
The size of the settlement was not revealed. The designer of the toy, which sells for £14.99, was Norman Emms, 57, a commercial sculptor in Hereford, who said the goodwill payment was less than he had hoped for.
Humbrol Ltd, maker of the Young Scientist Anatomy Set, settled for contributions by Hirst to two children’s charities, Children Nationwide and the Toy Trust, in lieu of royalties on the £1m sale.
Hirst said at the time: “I’m delighted this matter is settled to the satisfaction of all parties concerned.”
The artist also agreed to future restrictions of the polychromatic figure, which Hirst admitted in a newspaper interview was inspired by his son Connor’s anatomy set. Hymn was described by one art critic as “the first key work of British art for the 21st Century.”