June 01, 2007


LONDON, England (Reuters) -- Damien Hirst, former BritArt bad boy whose works infuriate and inspire in equal measure, did it again on Friday with a diamond-encrusted platinum cast of a human skull priced at a cool $98 million.

The skull, cast from a 35-year-old 18th-century European male, is coated with 8,601 diamonds, including a large pink diamond worth more than $8 million in the center of its forehead.

"It shows we are not going to live for ever. But it also has a feeling of victory over death," Hirst said as the sparkling skull was unveiled to the public for the first time amid tight security at central London's White Cube gallery.



Blogger Star Queen said...

Once he sculpted a human heart out of frozen blood. Wasn't he also responsible for, or as Lady bunny might say, "to blame" for that great white shark suspended in formaldhyede in a tank?
A sign of the times that instead of blood or flesh he's moved on to bling as a medium. I wonder if he listens to hip-hop too.

2:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't like that thing sitting on my mantlepiece starring out at me whilst I'm flicking myself off to The Jeremy Kyle show, it's absolutely hideous. What is it suppose to signify anyway?

4:50 PM  
Blogger Star Queen said...

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5:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

star queen . . . it was actually marc quinn who did the frozen blood thing, and it was a head not a heart. but hirst did do the shark, among other things.

12:03 PM  

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