Where to See Damien Hirst's $100 Million Diamond Skull
Botticelli, Michaelangelo...that's who you travel to Florence to see, right? Well, through May 1, 2011, you may add modern artist Damien Hirst to the list of those exhibiting their multi- multi-million dollar pieces in the culturally historic town, and it's not just any of his works; it's the diamond-encrusted platinum cast of a skull.
Officially titled "For the Love of God," the skull is one of Hirst's most famous projects (we personally love his preserved Tiger Shark too), and the most precious by far. The skull is worth 100 million Euros, encrusted as it is with 8.601 diamonds, totaling over 1 million carats. It goes on display today at Florence's Palazzo Vecchio, with round-the-clock security of all sorts.
Look deep into the glimmering eye sockets while you can; the skull only comes out for public display on the rarest of occasions, twice before in total.