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June 13, 2007

For the Love of God

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I was less interested to learn of George Michael's supposed interest than to finally see the mother of all paper-weights, Damien Hirst's most extravagant creation and the "most expensive work of art ever", a $99m dollar diamond encrusted skull.

Last year, British artist Damien Hirst promised to create the most expensive work of art ever with "For the Love of God". Now, he is set to reveal this work next month at the appropriately named Beyond Belief exhibition at the White Cube gallery in London. A life-sized, platinum skull encrusted with 8,601 diamonds totaling 1,106.18 carats, the piece is intended to be a celebration of life.

I can think of much better things to celebrate. Presumably Hirst's art-school word-blender was broken. No contest here, btw: Goth.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 13, 2007 07:07 AM

Comments

So, are you putting a bid in on it?

Posted by: cm [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 13, 2007 07:55 AM

50 quatloos for the platinum skull!

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 13, 2007 08:51 AM

Very Goth

Were the in the seven planes of hades did a non-dead artist get $99M in diamonds.

Posted by: Gorthos [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 13, 2007 10:28 AM

(Where, not were, ugh)

Y know, this sort of item just begs me to work towards my lifetime goal of becoming a professional hollywood style jewel heist super villian.

Posted by: Gorthos [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 13, 2007 10:31 AM

Sold! To the man in the hat.

Posted by: cm [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 13, 2007 10:51 AM

Nice way to ruin a perfectly good skull.

Posted by: Andrea Harris [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 13, 2007 09:38 PM

I actually rather like it. The best thing Hirst has ever made imo.

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 14, 2007 05:55 AM

Blech. It looks like something Elizabeth Taylor would have in her home if she decided to go Goth.

These skulls are kind of neat, though. (Warning: "New Age" goofiness abounds.)

Posted by: Andrea Harris [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 14, 2007 06:34 AM

EGad Andrea.. New Age Goofiness is putting it mildly..

Posted by: Gorthos [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 14, 2007 09:26 AM