Saturday, June 02, 2007

Damien Hirst unveils £50 million diamond skull - Update

Damien Hirst has unveiled his latest bizarre creation - a £50 million diamond encrusted skull.

For the Love of God

The "bling" work, entitled For the Love of God, is the most expensive piece of contemporary art.

Propped behind reinforced glass in a darkened room in the White Cube gallery in East London, the skull is covered with 8,601 flawless diamonds - three times the number on the crown the Queen wears on state occasions.

Even the eye sockets and the holes for the nose have been filled with hundreds of jewels. A 52-carat pear-shaped stone is set into the forehead, surrounded by 14 diamonds.

The skull is a platinum replica of a human skull bought by Hirst two years ago in a London taxidermy shop.

The original is thought to be that of a 35-year-old man who lived in Europe during the 18th century. The teeth have been taken from the original, polished, and then reset in the cast.

There's a longer news video here and a gallery of photos here.

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