Oh, For the Love of God
Monday, May 05, 2014 at 2:53 am PST
October 2007.

Oh, For the Love of God is a sculpture by artist Masha Lifshin produced in 2007. This is a priceless 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 Lifshin 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 work is available for sale. $100 million or best offer.

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