Rijksmuseum to exhibit jewel-encrusted skull

27th August 2008, Comments 0 comments

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]

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