For the love of god

A platinum cast of a human skull has been set with 8,601 flawless diamonds, including a 52-carat, pear-shaped monster that could choke a Hollywood starlet, set off by another 37 carats of flawless whites. Displayed under spotlights in a darkened room in White Cube’s Mason’s Yard Gallery in south-west London, the skull, which contains three times the number of diamonds in the Imperial State Crown, appears to be the only source of light, a macabre glitter ball which casts a planetarium sparkle on to the awed faces of those who have come to gaze at it. It is a genuinely remarkable object – the silvery glitter of the pavé-set diamonds pierced here and there by dazzling points of intensely coloured light.

For the love of god: a £50m work of art
For the love of art and money
Diamonds are a skull’s best friend



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