Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The One with the Diamond Encrusted Skull

"I think most people would agree that their skulls are a priceless asset. But what artist Damien Hirst has done to the following skull has actually made a nondescript skull into one of the most expensive pieces of art ever. It is estimated to be worth more than $50 million, maybe even $100 million. It is believed to come from the skeleton of a man who lived between 1720 and 1810. From Reuters:

'British artist Damien Hirst revealed his latest work of art at the White Cube Gallery in London, June 1, 2007. “For the Love of God" is a life-size cast of a human skull in platinum and covered by 8,601 pave-set diamonds weighing 1,106.18 carats. The single large diamond in the middle of the forehead is reportedly worth $4.2 million alone. Hirst financed the project himself and estimates it cost between 10 and 15 million. But given the cultlike following for Hirst’s previous works — and corresponding financial takings — some hedge fund manager, and closet Hirst fan, may shell out the cash for the diamond-crusted skull.'”

Taken from Anthropolgy.net

1 comment:

katie said...

I believe that is what my skull looks like on the inside.