Saturday, September 6, 2008

For The Love of God

"Death is such a heavy subject, it would be good to make something that laughed in the face of it.”
- Damien Hirst [born 1965]

Hirst's "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. Made for £14m for and sold recently for £50m; said to be the most expensive piece of contemporary art. The original skull was examined by forensic experts, who concluded that it was male, probably of European origin and about 35 years old at the time of death. Radiocarbon analysis suggests that he lived some time between 1720 and 1810.

A factory hustler fleecing rich idiots?