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Friday, August 31, 2007

"For the Love of God"

Artist Damien Hirst is back in the news...Beverly Stringer at Exploring The Mysterious brought Mr. Hirst to our attention back on Aug. 21st with the following article

It appears now he's moved up the ladder a few more rungs after netting $100 Million for his Platinum & Diamond encrusted skull called "For the Love of God"

Artist Damien Hirst’s platinum cast of a human skull, titled “For the Love of God,” is covered with 8,601 ethically sourced diamonds. Forensic experts concluded it was male, probably of European origin and about 35 years old at the time of death. Radiocarbon analysis suggests that he lived sometime between 1720 and 1810.

The "objet d'art" sold to an "investment group" (wonder what that list of names looks like?) who claim they will in turn sell it at some point...I wonder what the skull will be used for in the meantime? The Templars had a certain habit of communing with craniums back in the day if I'm not mistaken...

For more on Hirst, you can check him out via his Gallery "White Cube" (interesting)


aferrismoon said...

Amazing , perhaps we could place it atop all the murdered of the world, as a Memorial. Whether the Memorial will be dedicated to the dead or the diamonds remains undecided.
maxwells silver jewelry hammer tapped diamonds on his head
It cost a lot of money
perhaps 10 million dead
I wonder if the ARC might invest in it

hoi polloi said...

Ethically sourced diamonds....Really...?

aferrismoon said...

Dug out of the ground by ethically badly-paid miners

FilmNoir23 said...

Oh yes, I'm SURE those diamonds were "Ethically" obtained.

Michael said...

It must be a typo. They meant "ethnically sourced".

FilmNoir23 said...

Funny Michael, the first time I looked at that text I thought it said "Ethnically" too