~DAMIEN HIRST/$100 million/man
DAMIEN HIRST diamond encrusted skull – ‘For the Love of God’,
image: courtesy White Cube, London
DAMIEN HIRST, . . . For the Love of Money or (Bad) Art Marketing 101.
Damien Hirst & White Cube have put forth an “extraordinary diamond skull,
‘For the Love of God’, a life-size cast of a human skull in platinum, covered entirely
by 8,601 VVS to flawless pave-set diamonds. They want $100,000,000, YES!! that’s
100 million $$ US !!, for it. the story goes something like, its got $30 million worth of diamonds, and therefore the artist and the dealer get to split the remaining 70 million, left over. As of this posting – they haven’t found a taker, yet.
(well, at least the new owner doesn’t have to hire a scuba diver to jump in and clean it, once a week, which Damien’s ‘aquarium/fish tank’ pieces require.)
They have also made available, for the lesser pocket-booked, a series of silkscreens depicting the skull, cutely titled: ‘For the Love of God, Laugh’ !
These silkscreens are in an edition of 250, and they are sprinkled with real diamond dust !! These prints are going for: 10,000 British pounds+VAT
bad enough as that is, a young and slightly eccentric, or is it obsessive, collector,
down in Tribeca – is telling anyone who will listen, the unsubstantiated claim that: ” . . Damien Hirst is the world’s richest living artist, having amassed a personal fortune that clocks in at over: 250 million pounds (US$500 million)”.
to celebrate this top tier OCEANS 11 heist of the artworld:
here’s some never-before-published artlovers photos, from 2005:
DAMIEN HIRST opens, ‘THE ELUSIVE TRUTH’ at GAGOSIAN GALLERY, CHELSEA, NYC. (24th STREET), MARCH 11, 2005
The show ran from March 11 – May 21, 2005
Photos: Nancy Smith
DAMIEN HIRST opens ‘THE ELUSIVE TRUTH’, GAGOSIAN GALLERY, 24th STREET, NYC.
DAMIEN HIRST greets some fans at the opening.
STEVE BUSCEMI makes the DAMIEN HIRST opening.
MAURIZIO CATTELAN also dropped by the DAMIEN HIRST opening.
one of the paintings in the show. DAMIEN HIRST, ‘ Minerals’, 2000-2003,
oil and acrylic on canvas, 72 x 89 ins.
large painting, DAMIEN HIRST, in ‘THE ELUSIVE TRUTH’, GAGOSIAN GALLERY,
24th STREET, NYC, MARCH 11, 2005