NEWS///ART GAG OF THE MOMENT: EUGENIO MERINO’S “FOR THE LOVE OF GOLD” DAMIEN HIRST SCULPTURE

February 13, 2009  |  art, Damien Hirst, News, Spain

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Hirst punishes himself for not going direct-to-auction sooner...

In a sure sign of the state of the modern art world, the single artwork attracting the most attention at ARCO (the Madrid International Contemporary Art Fair) that opened today was not a masterpiece by DAMIEN HIRST, but rather a parody of the UK bad boy artist by EUGENIO MERINO depicting the master financial strategist encased in one of his own white display cubes, shooting himself in the head. Titled "For the Love of Gold" in reference to Hirst's $100 million diamond encrusted skull "For the Love of God," the hyper-realistic yet oddly contorted piece incorporates real human hair, glass eyes, and realistic blood pouring from a gaping hole in the cranium and was quickly snapped up on opening day by a Florida collector for $33,500 USD. Sounds like Damien's busy decorating his Miami winter home...

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