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George Michael the connoisseur

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

George Michael is considering paying 50 million for artist Damien Hirst's diamond-encrusted skull. The skull, which cost 12 million to make, boasts 8,601 diamonds and is the world's most expensive piece of contemporary art. Last week, Michael and his partner Kenny Goss enjoyed a private viewing of the macabre creation, entitled 'Love of God'. Their spokesman said: "They looked at the piece as a possible addition to their collection."

Michael, 43, is a long-time fan and collector of Hirst's work and already has a private art collection thought to be worth 100 million. His collection includes several bizarre works such as Hirst's 'Saint Sebastian, Exquisite Pain' featuring the body of a black calf pierced by dozens of arrows and tied to a steel post. The 'Fastlove' singer earned millions from his 53-date tour last year and enjoys treating himself to new artwork. It was reported he spent 20 million on pieces by Hirst, Tracey Emin and photographer David LaChappelle in May alone. The former Wham! star became the first act to perform at London's new Wembley Stadium on Saturday (09.06.07).

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