Damien Hirst Skull Fetches Asking Price of $100 Million


Damien Hirst’s diamond-encrusted skull entitled “For the Love of God” has sold to an investment group for its full asking price of $100 million, it has been revealed. No additional details about the buyer were disclosed.

The platinum skull, which is covered with 8,601 diamonds weighing 1,106.18 carats, cost $20 million to make according to the artist. It was cast from a 35-year-old 18th century European man and contains its original teeth.

Said a spokeswoman for the artist: “Damien Hirst has retained a participation in the work — he still owns a share of it — in order that he can oversee a global tour of the work that is currently being planned.” Hirst’s manager said that he anticipated the sale would close within three to four weeks.

A pictorial on the making of the skull was published in July.

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  1. resurrect says

    how about just putting $100 million in a box at the museum? far more aesthetically pleasing and remarkable as a piece of “art” that a blinged out bone.

  2. says

    i’m all for artists making truckloads of money !!
    can’t wait to see what Hirst will produce now with his 80mill profit.
    wonder what Koons would do that kinda production budget.

  3. anon says

    Investment group? sounds like idiots

    The skull cost him about half the asking price to make. They should have offered less than the 100 mill.

    On top of that they need him dead to make a profit. Artists work’s rarely if ever go up before while the artist is alive. Unless they have some comandos dressed in black in their employment then their investment could not go up in value for decades and decades. Better investment would be oil. That hurts me to say it as a raging lib and environmentalist, but the best investment right now is oil 9and if bush nukes Iran= uranium)

  4. Giovanni says

    So it’s true, art is dead – with the cadaver to prove it. (Though I suspect the purchase of the skull by an investment group completes whatever it was Hirst meant to say in the first place.)

  5. nic says

    i don’t get it. maybe if it was jebusessss’ skull? no, he’d be turning in his gra — oh. never mind.

  6. says

    …so minus the $20million production money, does this mean that London’s White Cube Gallery will get their $40million cut ???
    just wondering…

  7. dave says

    What a colossal piece of shit. “It was cast sfrom a 35-year-old 18th century European man and contains its original teeth”. Which simply means they used the remains of an 18th century European man (and his actual teeth) so that no one would be offended. My father was a jeweler, and I know the business. There is no “artist” involved – just craftsmen – like my dad. Anyone with the knowledge can make a mold and set stones. This is not art – just an investment. I doubt that Damien had anything
    to do with the piece at all.