Damien Hirst: greatest hits in pictures

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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

'For the Love of God', 2007, by Damien Hirst 'For the Love of God', 2007, by Damien Hirst - © Damien Hirst. All rights reserved. DACS 2011. Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates

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.


Find your favourite Hirst hit

‘The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living’, 1991 ‘A Thousand Years’, 1990 Spot paintings Spin paintings ‘Lullaby, the Seasons Spring’ 2002 Butterflies Pharmacy ‘For the Love of God’, 2007

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