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For the Love of God (Black)

For the Love of God (Black) (2009) is a Screenprint with Diamond Dust  by Damien Hirst. The print is signed and numbered by the artist.

For the Love of God (Black) (2009) is a print depicting a sculpture by artist Damien Hirst produced in 2007. It consisted of a platinum cast of an 18th-century human skull encrusted with 8,601 flawless diamonds, including a pear-shaped pink diamond located in the forehead that is known as the Skull Star Diamond. The skull’s teeth are original, and were purchased by Hirst in London. The artwork is a memento mori, or reminder of the mortality of the viewer.

In 2007, art historian Rudi Fuchs, observed: ‘The skull is out of this world, celestial almost. It proclaims victory over decay. At the same time it represents death as something infinitely more relentless. Compared to the tearful sadness of a vanitas scene, the diamond skull is glory itself.”

Costing £14 million to produce, the work was placed on its inaugural display at the White Cube gallery in London in an exhibition Beyond belief with an asking price of £50 million. This would have been the highest price ever paid for a single work by a living artist.

Medium

Screenprint with Diamond Dust

Year

2009

Signature

Signed, numbered

Edition

1000

Size 13 x 9 (in)
33 x 23.5 (cm)
Price Price on Request
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For the Love of God (Black) (2009) is a Screenprint with Diamond Dust  by Damien Hirst. The print is signed and numbered by the artist.

For the Love of God (Black) (2009) is a print depicting a sculpture by artist Damien Hirst produced in 2007. It consisted of a platinum cast of an 18th-century human skull encrusted with 8,601 flawless diamonds, including a pear-shaped pink diamond located in the forehead that is known as the Skull Star Diamond. The skull’s teeth are original, and were purchased by Hirst in London. The artwork is a memento mori, or reminder of the mortality of the viewer.

In 2007, art historian Rudi Fuchs, observed: ‘The skull is out of this world, celestial almost. It proclaims victory over decay. At the same time it represents death as something infinitely more relentless. Compared to the tearful sadness of a vanitas scene, the diamond skull is glory itself.”

Costing £14 million to produce, the work was placed on its inaugural display at the White Cube gallery in London in an exhibition Beyond belief with an asking price of £50 million. This would have been the highest price ever paid for a single work by a living artist.

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Medium

Screenprint with Diamond Dust

Year

2009

Signature

Signed, numbered

Edition

1000

Size 13 x 9 (in)
33 x 23.5 (cm)
Price Price on Request