Rijksmuseum to exhibit jewel-encrusted skull
British artist Damien Hirst’s jewelled skull sculpture will be exhibited in the Dutch museum for six weeks starting 1 Nov.27 August 2008
AMSTERDAM -- The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam will exhibit a jewel-encrusted platinum skull created by British artist Damien Hirst, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.
Titled For the Love of God, the skull is encrusted with 8,600 diamonds. The skull used for the model was that of a man who lived in the 18th century. The real teeth were used in the art work.
Rijksmuseum spokeswoman Elles Kamphuis said the piece was cast from a skull of a man from the 18th century. The teeth are real.
The work was sold to a group of investors in 2007 for EUR 75 million, the highest price paid for the work of a living artist.
It will be on display at the Rijksmuseum from 1 November to mid-December.
[Radio Netherlands / AP / Expatica]