Friday, June 1, 2007
Hirst Unveils Valuable Diamond Skull
Artist Damien Hirst has unveiled a diamond-encrusted human skull, said to be the most expensive piece of contemporary art. It is an l8th Century skull entirely covered in 8,601 jewels, while new teeth were made for the artwork at a great cost. The centerpiece of the 41 year old's creation is a pear shaped pink diamond set in the skull's forehead. His most famous work is a shark preserved in formaldehyde. The skull is believed to belong to a 35 year old European who lived between l720 and l810. It was bought from a shop in Islington, north London. The artist said he was inspired by an Aztec turquoise skull in the British Museum. He hopes that eventually his work will be displayed there too. This is a spectacular piece and undoubtedly the work with the highest intrinsic value in modern and contemporary art. But no matter, I would not have a skull in my house, no matter how valuable it was or is.