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Damien Hirst For the Love of God Skull|
Title: For the Love of God, 2007
Diamond covered platinum skull
British artists - Skull
and Bone Art
About the For the Love of God Skull
The Diamond covered skull by Damien Hirst
is a continuation of the artist's exploration
of death and the way we react to it.
"For the Love of God" is covered
with 8,601 real diamonds and has been valued
as the most expensive contemporary work of
art. Hirst spent about $20 million USD to
create the diamond covered work and put a
price tag of $100 million USD on it.
Damien Hirst was quoted as saying "It
works much better than I imagined. I was slightly
worried that we'd end up with an Ali G ring."
He also said "I wouldn't mind if it
happened to my skull after my death".
Update: In August 2007, it was widely
reported that Damien Hirst sold "For
the Love of God" to an investment group
for $100 million USD or about 50 million pounds.
Hirst is said to own a percentage of the diamond
skull, but it was not reported how much he
still owns. The buyers will be expected to
exhibit the work for the next two to three
years at museums around the world. The BBC
reported that the investors planned to resell
the work at a later date.
This would make "For the Love of God"
the most expensive work of art ever to sell
by a living artist.