The priciest work of modern art ever created is on view at a London gallery, priced at just $100 million. Death-obsessed artist Damien Hirst cast a human skull in platinum and encrusted it with diamonds, creating a piece he calls "For the Love of God." He kept the original teeth, he tells Bloomberg, as "a reminder that it's real."
The piece is on display in a darkened room at the White Cube Gallery where a spotlight plays over it, creating an impression not unlike that of a disco ball. The skull, which cost $20 million to create, has already attracted interest from two or three collectors, says the gallery's exhibitions director. Hirst's latest show opens to the public tomorrow.