Diamond and platinum skull worth £50-million to be shown at the Tate

A £50-million diamond and platinum skull by the once notorious Damien Hurst will be featured in a retrospective of the artist this summer in London.

The sculpture, For the Love of God, is a platinum cast of a human skull inlaid with 8,601 diamonds. The skull was sold for £50-million to a consortium of buyers, including Hurst himself.

The skull, along with 70 other pieces from the artist, will be featured at a show starting this April at the Tate Modern.

Damien Hurst is a contemporary artist who courted controversy in the 1990s. He is known for art that focused on death, dead animals dissected and immersed in tanks of formaldehyde. Hurst is believed to be Britain’s wealthiest artist. The Sunday Times Rich List estimated his wealth at £215 million in its 2010 list.

Hurst also worked with gold when he created The Golden Calf, an animal preserved in formaldehyde with 18-carat gold horns and hooves.

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