Damien Hirst: greatest hits in pictures
View the artist's works that rocked and shocked the world
Damien Hirst's work may divide critical opinion but there's no denying that his art creates impact. Everyone has heard of his shark, spots and diamond skull. Now he has a major retrospective at Tate Modern. Helen Sumpter charts the works that rocked and shocked the world.
8. ‘For the Love of God’, 2007
Already as iconic as Hirst’s shark, his diamond-encrusted platinum cast of a human skull cost upwards of £8m in materials to make and came with a price tag of £50m. The consortium who bought the work reportedly include both the artist and his gallery so whether the work actually sold at all may be open to debate. In 2010 Hirst consigned a crystal-encrusted print of the work to fellow artist Michael Landy’s ‘Art Bin’ for failed art, but there's a reason why the actual skull looks like it might be grinning – it's sure to be the main attraction of Hirst's exhibition at Tate Modern.