For the Love of God – A Costly Skull

Posted: September 11, 2007 in Articles

Some year later we all would ash to ash and dust to dust. Somewhere in a funeral ground our skull and bones would rest. Thats very common, but something happens exceptionally. A skull has fetched $100 million asking price.

Well, the skull is of an 18th century man, and incorporating the original teeth from the skull, the platinum sculpture is covered with 8,601 diamonds, including a large stone worth more than $8.6 million embedded in the forehead. It is a platinum cast of a skull from an actual person that lived between 1720 and 1810. He was a 35 year old man from Europe. His teeth are still showing.

Damien Hirst is the man behind the piece. This life-size platinum skull’s sale, entitled For the Love of God, to an unnamed investment group for about $107 million was confirmed by officials at the artist’s White Cube gallery in London and Hirst’s business manager. Details of the deal will be finalized in few weeks. The skull was unveiled in early June at a White Cube exhibit of Hirst’s newest creations. It immediately caused a sensation in the art world for a variety of reasons, including for its hefty price tag.

Hirst is one of the world’s wealthiest and best-known living contemporary artists, but he continues to divide critics with his creations.

The BBC has a short video watchon…

  1. sowmya says:

    its shocking….

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