BERLIN—Damien Hirst has started work on a new project—a life-size human skull cast in platinum, but with the original human teeth remaining, that will be thoroughly set with diamonds.
Jewelers Bentley & Skinner, of London’s Bond Street, will cover the surface with some 8,500 diamonds that Hirst has been buying over a period of time. This is likely to be one of the most expensive works of art ever created. Production costs reportedly amount to some £8/10 million (approximately $14.6/18.3 million). The central jewel, a 50-carat diamond, is said to be valued at £3 million ($5.5 million) alone.
The Hirst piece, For the Love of God, reportedly is expected to sell somewhere in the range of £50 million ($93 million). It is scheduled to be shown in June 2007 at a Hirst show titled “Beyond Belief” at the opening of Jay Jopling’s new London gallery, White Cube 3.