Art world provocateur Damien Hirst
's latest work, an authentic baby's skull
covered in platinum
, is causing controversy in the UK
. The sculpture (above), entitled For Heaven's Sake
, is a follow-up to the Brit artist's astounding $100 million diamond covered skull
which he debuted in 2007. The new work is based on an infant's skull believed to be that of a newborn less than two weeks old from a 19th-century pathology collection that Hirst has acquired, the London Telegraph
reports. Cast in platinum and set with more than 8,000 white and pink diamonds by royal jewelers Bentley & Skinner
, the skull will be exhibited later this month at the Gagosian Gallery
's new space in Hong Kong
and will be shown in London
later this year.
The gallery has not named a price for the new work but we expect it to fetch at least $50 million if not more. The work has angered parenting groups who claim that it is offensive to those who have suffered the bereavement of a child, the newspaper reports, raising the specter of protests. That of course is only likely to increase its value. "When you look at a skull, you think it represents the end, but when you see the end so beautiful, it gives you hope," Hirst commented regarding his earlier skull work. "Diamonds are about perfection and clarity and wealth and sex and death and immortality. They are a symbol of everything that's eternal, but then they have a dark side as well."