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Hirst Skull Rip-off Artist is Bedazzling

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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Love skulls and diamonds but don't have $100 million to spare? Never fear, the Damien Hirst skull knockoff has arrived!

On June 21, Hirst became the world's most expensive living artist, when Lullaby Spring—essentially a neon pill cabinet—sold to an anonymous bidder at Sotheby's for $19.2 million. Unfortunately, his record-breaking sale still hasn't helped him find a buyer for his $100 million, diamond-encrusted skull piece, For the Love of God. Not even George Michael had enough faith to go through with the purchase.

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But consumers in search of a more affordable sparkly human head need look no further than Polish artist Peter Fuss, whose

For the Laugh of God is made of a plastic skull covered in shards of glass and missing a tooth. For only $2,000 (and only $2 for a graphic print of the work), Fuss's skull is fine art for the masses.



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