August 26, 2008 / 1:31 PM / in 9 years

Amsterdam to host Hirst's skull

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - British artist Damien Hirst’s human skull encrusted with 8,601 diamonds will go on show at an Amsterdam museum in November.

<p>A diamond-encrusted platinum skull by British artist Damien Hirst is seen in this undated handout file photograph released in London June 1, 2007. REUTERS/Prudence Cuming Associates/Handout/Files</p>

The artwork named “For the Love of God” was unveiled last year at London’s White Cube gallery and later sold to an anonymous investment group.

The skull fetched $100 million, but it was a private transaction and the fact that Hirst was part of the group of investors who bought it raised questions about its true value.

Encased in a layer of platinum and covered with diamonds, the skull will be exhibited at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum for six weeks starting on November 1 before embarking on a world tour, the museum said.

Hirst, whose other works include animals presented in vitrines and a cow pickled in formaldehyde, is also putting up for auction new works of art at Sotheby’s next month.

Reporting by Aaron Gray-Block; Editing by Giles Elgood

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