11 September 2008

"For the Love of God"

They are 8,601 of the most perfect diamonds money can buy. And as befits an artist obsessed by death, Damien Hirst has set them in an 18th century skull. The centrepiece of the 18th century skull is a pear-shaped pink diamond, set in the skull's forehead and the £12m-worth of diamonds are said to be ethically sourced. The new teeth made for the artwork cost £14m covered with platinum.
Despite the £50 million ($99 million) price tag, the skull was sold late in 2007 to an investment group (name undisclosed). Conditions of the sale included the skull be exhibited on a global tour for two / three years before possible resale.

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