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Saturday, February 5, 2011

For the Love of God

     For the Love of God is a sculpture by artist Damien Hirst produced in 2007. It consists of a platinum cast of a human skull encrusted with 8,601 flawless diamonds, including a pear-shaped pink diamond located in the forehead. Costing 14 million to produce, the work went on display at the White Cube gallery in London in an exhibition Beyond belief with an asking price of 50 million. This would have been the highest price ever paid for a single work by a living artist.

The work's title was supposedly inspired by Hirst's mother, who once asked, “For the love of God, what are you going to do next?”

8,601 flawless pavé-laid diamonds, weighing in total 1,106.18 carats (221.24 g), over a platinum cast, cover the entirety of the skull.  At the centre of the forehead lies a pear-shaped pink diamond, the centrepiece of the work. All diamonds used for the work are said to be ethically sourced.  

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