The famous diamond-bedecked skull by British artist Damien Hirst will be exhibited in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam from 1 November until mid-December. The museum’s director Director Wim Pijbes told De Volkskrant that the contract for showing the work is the strictest he has ever signed. “The skull has to be placed in a dark room without anything else around it. Everything we have to do is in the contract. We cannot mention who the owner is, either.”
The skull, that of an 18th century European covered in platinum and 8,601 diamonds, was sold in 2007 to a group of investors for €75m, the largest sum ever paid for a work by a living artist.