Posted: 2009-05-13

Propped behind reinforced glass in a darkened room in the White Cube gallery in East London, the Damien Hirst skull is covered with 8,601 flawless diamonds – three times the number on the crown the Queen wears on state occasions.

Even the eye sockets and the holes for the nose have been filled with hundreds of jewels. A 52-carat pear-shaped stone is set into the forehead, surrounded by 14 diamonds

The skull is a platinum replica of a human skull bought by Hirst two years ago in a London taxidermy shop. So does covering it with diamonds make it art? Rumours have it that Hirst came up with the idea and a team of technicians implemented it!

Is this Art?

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