Friday, November 14, 2008

Beyond Belief

Damien Hirst

For the love of god.

Lullaby Spring.

In May 2007, Beyond Belief, an exhibition of Hirst's new work, opened at the White Cube gallery in London. The centre-piece, a Memento Mori titled For the Love of God, is a human skull recreated in platinum and adorned with 8,601 diamonds weighing a total of 1,106.18 carats. Approximately £15,000,000 worth of diamonds were used. It was modelled on an 18th century skull, but the only surviving human part of the original is the teeth.

In June 2007, Hirst gained the auction record for the most expensive work of art by a living artist — his Lullaby Spring, a 3 metre (10 ft) wide steel cabinet with 6,136 pills, sold for 19.2 million dollars to Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar.

The asking price for For the Love of God was £50,000,000 ($100 million or 75 million euros). It didn't sell outright,[32] and on 30 August 2008 was sold to a consortium that included Hirst himself and his gallery White Cube

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