According to Merriam-Webster, a Renaissance man is “a person who has wide interests and is an expert in several areas.”
Actor Johnny Depp may qualify as something of a Renaissance man, after a collection of his paintings recently sold for more than $3 million a few hours after his creations went up for sale.
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Depp sold the art through Castle Fine Art hours after he announced the sale on Instagram.
A collection of four paintings, which was called “Friends and Heroes,” included images that the actor and singer painted of people who inspired him, BBC News reported.
Depp’s art was created using photographic references that were “stripped back to a simpler and iconic portrayal of the subject,” Castle Fine Art said on its website.
“I’ve always used art to express my feelings,” Depp said in a statement posted on the gallery’s website.
“My paintings surround my life, but I kept them to myself and limited myself. No one should ever limit themselves,” he said.
Some of the people who Depp immortalized on canvas include legends such as Al Pacino, Bob Dylan and Elizabeth Taylor.
Depp said the paintings “reflect on those who matter most to me, like my family, friends and people I admire.”
Another image depicts Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richards, Sky News reported. Richards played Depp’s on-screen father in two of “The Pirates of the Caribbean” films, and on who Depp partially based his role as Jack Sparrow.
Depp and the gallery sold a total of 780 images, with most prints fetching nearly $4,800 each. The four main images of Pacino, Taylor, Richards and Dylan went for about $18,000 for the group, Sky News reported.
Depp, along with being an actor and now artist, is also a singer with his band of other A-listers such as Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, Alice Cooper and Tommy Henricksen, called Hollywood Vampires, which toured Europe over the past two months. He has also recently performed with Jeff Beck, the gallery said.
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Depp recently won a defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard. Heard was ordered to pay Depp $10.3 million,but Depp was also found liable and was ordered to pay Heard $2 million, CBS News reported.
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Heard’s attornies have informed the Virginia courts that they plan to appeal the ruling. Depp has also filed appeals in response to Heard’s filings, his attorney told CBS News.
1980: Johnny Depp and Elton John (Photo by Lester Cohen Archive/WireImage)
1984: Nick Corri, Amanda Wyss, Johnny Depp, and Heather Langenkamp posing beside car in a scene from the film ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’, 1984. (Photo by New Line Cinema/Getty Images)
1987: Actor Johnny Depp and actor Peter DeLuise attend the FOX Television Unveils New Primetime Schedule on June 3, 1987 at the UN Plaza Hotel in New York City. (photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
1987: Johnny Depp poses for a portrait in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Aaron Rapoport/Corbis/Getty Images)
2001: Actor Johnny Depp attends the premiere of the film "From Hell" October 17 , 2001 in Los Angeles, CA. (Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
2002: Actor Johnny Depp leaves the after party of the premiere of "Lost In La Mancha" on July 25, 2002 in London, England. (Photo by John Li/Getty Images)
2003: Actor Johnny Depp arrives at the World Premiere of "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" on June 28, 2003 at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
2003: Actor Johnny Depp arrives at the premiere of his film, "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" at the 60th Venice Film Festival August 28, 2003 in Venice, Italy. The annual Venice Film Festival is one of the oldest and most prestigious cinema events in Europe. The festival is scheduled to be held in Italy for ten days. Films are shown at venues all over the Lido. The festival traditionally sponsors non-Hollywood films and the top award is known as the Golden Lion. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
2004: Actor Johnny Depp (R) and Vanessa Paradis pose after The 9th Annual Critic’s Choice Awards at the Beverly Hills Hotel on January 10, 2004 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
2004: Actor Johnny Depp (R) and Vanessa Paradis pose at the The Governors Ball after the 76th Annual Academy Awards at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel on February 29, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
2004: Actor Johnny Depp attends the "Finding Neverland" photocall at the 61st Venice Film Festival on September 4, 2004 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
2006: Johnny Depp attends the Tokyo Premiere of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest" on July 10, 2006 in Tokyo, Japan. The film will open on July 22 in Japan. (Photo by Junko Kimura/Getty Images)
2010: Actor Johnny Depp and actress Angelina Jolie attend "The Tourist" photocall at Villamagna Hotel on December 16, 2010 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
2013: Johnny Depp attends the ‘Lone Ranger’ Japan Premiere at Roppongi Hills on July 17, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. The film will open on August 2 in Japan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)
2015: Actors Amber Heard (L) and Johnny Depp attend the "Black Mass" premiere during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival at The Elgin on September 14, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
2015: Actor Johnny Depp, dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow, of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES took part today in "Worlds, Galaxies, and Universes: Live Action at The Walt Disney Studios" presentation at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
2015: Actors Johnny Depp, dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow, of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES (L) and Harrison Ford of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS took part today in "Worlds, Galaxies, and Universes: Live Action at The Walt Disney Studios" presentation at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
2016: Johnny Depp attends the European premiere of "Alice Through The Looking Glass" at Odeon Leicester Square on May 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
2016: Actor/Musician Johnny Depp of Hollywood Vampires performs onstage at Hessentags-Arena during the 56th Hessentag on May 29, 2016 in Herborn, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
2017: Actor Johnny Depp attends the premiere of Disney’s "Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" at Dolby Theatre on May 18, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
2018: Johnny Depp attends the UK Premiere of "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald" at Cineworld Leicester Square on November 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
2019: Johnny Depp walks the red carpet ahead of the "Waiting For The Barbarians" screening during the 76th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 06, 2019 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
2021: Johnny Depp attends the "La Hija / The Daughter" premiere during 69th San Sebastian Film Festival at Kursaal, San Sebastian on September 22, 2021 in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
2022: Actor Johnny Depp sits in his vehicle as he departs the Fairfax County Courthouse on May 27, 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia. Closing arguments in the Depp v. Heard defamation trial, brought by Johnny Depp against his ex-wife Amber Heard, concluded today and jury deliberations begin. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: Johnny Depp attends the "Jeanne Du Barry" press conference at the 76th annual Cannes film festival at Palais des Festivals on May 17, 2023 in Cannes, France.