The Most Expensive Skull…Ever

For the Love of GodYesterday’s post about the skull stapler got me thinking. For some reason I started wondering what the most expensive skull ever made was. I started searching and very quickly came up with the answer and boy is it expensive. It’s called For the Love of God and has been named the most expensive piece of contemporary art ever made. There was even a book called For the Love of God: The Making of the Diamond Skull written about it. It was made by artist Damien Hirst using a skull that he found in a shop. The skull is believed to be the skull of a 35 year old man who lived between 1720 and 1810. It’s covered in platinum and diamonds. It has 8,601 diamonds and comes in at 1,106.18 carats. It’s the most expensive piece of art ever created, costing between $16 and $20 million to make. When it was made the artist put a price tag of 99 million on it. It did not sell, but was eventually purchased by a consortium for 100 million that included the gallery owner and Mr. Hirst himself. The artist said that he was inspired by an Aztec turquoise skull at the British Museum, and hopes that his work will eventually be displayed at the institution. I’d be willing to let him display it at my house. I think it’s absolutely gorgeous and I must have it. Do you think they accept layaway?

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