11 June 2007

Damien Hirst's "For the Love of God"

Inspired by an Aztec turquoise skull at the British Museum, this piece of art, entitled "For the Love of God", was created by Damien Hirst and will be on display at White Cube Mason's Yard. It's a life-sized cast of a human skull in platinum. The work is covered entirely by 8,601 VVS to flawless pavé-set diamonds, weighing a total of 1,106.18 carats. It's the most expensive piece of art ever created, costing between $16 and $20 million to make, and $99 million to buy.

The focal point for the piece is a large flawless pear-shaped pink diamond - worth an estimated $8 million - positioned on the skull’s forehead and surrounded by fourteen flawless white pear-shaped diamonds.

Hirst himself keeps only a copy at home. "You couldn't really just shove it on the mantelpiece," he told reporters.

For those freaked out by what they saw in the film Blood Diamonds, don’t worry: The 24 million dollars worth of precious stones are said to be ethically sourced.

Why feed starving children in Africa when you can glue diamonds to a skull? It just makes sense.

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