$2.75 million solid gold statue of Kate Moss to go on display

Marc Quinn, the artist who created the questionable bronze statue featuring British model Kate Moss in a yoga pose was somehow commissioned enough money to produce the world’s largest gold statue since Ancient Egyptian times. The supposedly solid gold statue also features Kate Moss in a yoga pose and is called Siren. It is valued at $2.75 million USD or £1.5 million. It is said to only weigh 50kg, though, which is just 110 pounds. It must not be that big considering how heavy gold is. A golf ball size worth of solid gold weighs 2.2 pounds.

I would like to think that the Telegraph got either the weight or the fact that the statue is solid gold wrong. It just doesn’t sound like it’s possible for the statue to be only 110 pounds and solid gold.

The statue debuts at the British Museum today. All that’s online is a close up view of part of the face of the statue.

A solid gold statue of supermodel Kate Moss worth £1.5 million is being unveiled in the British Museum today.

Siren is the work of artist Marc Quinn whose most famous sculpture was Alison Lapper Pregnant which appeared on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.

His sculpture of Moss said to be the largest gold statue to be made in the world since the time of Ancient Egypt.

Speaking about choosing the supermodel as a subject, Quinn said: “I thought the next thing to do would be to make a sculpture of the person who’s the ideal beauty of the moment.”

The 50kg statue will be displayed in the Nereid Gallery of the British Museum, alongside other statues such as Crouching Venus, a Hellenistic model of Venus surprised while bathing.

Quinn’s latest work, which shows Moss in a yoga pose, is part of a collection, entitled Statuephilia, by contemporary artists going on display at the British Museum.

It is the second time the London-born artist has used the model as his muse. He previously created Sphinx, a white-painted bronze sculpture of the fashion icon.

Quinn is also known for Self, a bust of his head made from eight pints of his own frozen blood.

[From Telegraph.co.uk]

This is not the same artist who created the sculptures of Britney Spears giving birth on a bearskin rug, Suri Cruise’s poop, or Paris Hilton’s autopsy. That’s an American artist named Daniel Edwards. I remember reading about the Kate Moss yoga statue and just assuming at the time that it was by the same guy.

Who would front this artist the money required to create a Kate Moss yoga statue out of pure gold and how big is it really if it’s only 110 pounds? At current rates, the gold to create the statue would cost $1.45 million USD, which is certainly expensive enough.

I guess it’s fitting that a celebrity be used for the statue if it’s the largest gold statue since Ancient Egypt. Kings, princes and princesses used to be the subject of art back then, and celebrities are about as close as you get to that type of stature in modern times. You just assume there’s someone better to pick than Moss though.

Update: The sculpture is hollow.

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  1. KERRI says:

    Yes, I agree that Kate Moss is beautiful. She hasn’t changed since her Marky-Mark ads in the ’90′s. But whoever would pay$2.75 million for a supposedly solid gold statue of Kate has to be bonkers!! I guess her status in the U.K. is extremely high.

    Also, making a bust of onself with your own blood — isn’t that a little macabre. Was this bust of blood up for auction too? Shivers!!!

  2. Pont Neuf says:

    Apparently, Marc Quinn has very, very, VERY low standards when it comes down to choosing a muse to inspire his wasting of perfectly good (and expensive) materials in utter stupidities… er, I mean, sublime works of art inspired in extremely relevant and important individuals. :roll:

    As for comparing median celebrities to kings and princes who shaped the course of history… Sorry, CB, but I find that a bit of a generous statement towards said celebrities.

    Especially someone as grubby, vulgar and utterly inconsequential as Kate Moss.

  3. geronimo says:

    @Kerri – agree, and that pic on the right is completely iconic Kate. Not so sure on the gold statue but love a lot of Quinn’s stuff. Here’s the head, I’ve seen it in situ, not really macabre…actually kind of beautiful (but I’m a bit macabre too so it might be just me!)


  4. geronimo says:

    CB, Damn it. My post has just been whipped away as spam. NOT SPAM. Has a link to Quinn’s blood head at the White Cube Gal. Can you please restore.

  5. Celebitchy says:

    Sorry Geronimo. I will get it back for you! I saw that blood head in a really cool HD documentary of the Saatchi gallery. There’s also a whole room filled with oil there. In good news related to the strong spam filters, the dating spammers have gone away. I think it’s because they e-mailed me asking for a partnership and I told them to f’ck off. Sometimes you’ll see them in the google ads to the upper right though. – Getting your comment now.

  6. geronimo says:

    Thanks CB! You can delete my ‘irritated’ one!

  7. czarina says:

    You know, sometimes it is a very fine line between creating art and pandering kitzch.

  8. Orangejulius says:

    What, only one comment re: her worthiness? I’m surprised! I was waiting to be inundated with them. She’s beautiful and obviously his idea of the ‘ideal beauty of the time’ but I’m not sure I’d have gone for her over a lot of other beauties.

  9. czarina says:

    Actually, I would never say that something/someone is worthy or unworthy of being a focus for art.
    A well done portrait of Kate Moss, or even a sculpture trying to capture the essence of what made her such a compelling model, I would be intrigued by.
    But when a piece of art seems to be relying on sensationalism to sell itself (that it’s really big and solid gold, etc.), then I find it questionable.
    The model in a sculpture can be important in terms of capturing their unique qualities, but ultimately it should be the artist’s talent and the art itself that is most important.

  10. befuddled says:

    Shame on these creativeless brainless farts who call themselves artists. They are nothing but hucksters pimping for celebrity bodies to make money for themselves.

    This might as well cast Kate Moss’s pussy in gold and sell “limited” copies to some some rich fools who can suck and shagg the golden lotus to fulfill their fantasies.

  11. Jinxy says:

    @Mr T, very funny!

    You know Kate Moss is really iconic, whether you like her or hate her little ratty, over paid self. I love how she cleans up, and is paid a fortune.

  12. ff says:

    She’s made of gold all right – she’s a bona fide cash cow for the industry so it makes total sense for them to keep promoting her.

  13. Kate Moss is getting older and she won’t be a hot commodity in the modeling industry, within 1-2 years from now. Models have a short shelf life.

  14. Snowblood says:

    Geronimo, thanks for that link, bella! I really love learning about art & artists I’d not yet heard of. Thanks for that!

    and Kate Moss IS beautiful and iconic.

  15. Shane says:

    Not a fan of confused druggie Kate Moss. Why not pick a positive celebrity for the statue instead?

  16. daisy424 says:

    Loved the link also Geronimo.
    She looks like a young Bridget Bardot in the right picture.

  17. Ticker Tocker says:

    Hey kiddo,
    maybe it’s not solid gold. maybe it’s hollow? haha!
    by the way, how big exactly is it?

    and it might be a typo. maybe they mean 500kg.

    and you sound really annoyed. i am too. wat is this? idol worship? tsss.

  18. KERRI says:

    Geronimo: Took a look at your link. Thanks. I’ve got to be honest — that bust of blood gave me the shivers. The sight of blood makes me whoozy!

    And that is the reason why I am not a surgeon! :D

  19. JaundiceMachine says:

    110 lbs, eh? Totally unrealistic proportions – the statue weighs more than the real Moss dripping wet.

    When Moss is coherent enough to find out how chunky her golden counterpart weighs, her fingers will be down her throat likity-split!

    Ps -Does this make Quinn an idolator for casting a golden cow? Or only if he worships it?

  20. Nan says:

    CB, I agree. Couldn’t this artist have found someone else worthy? Kate Moss is not all that. Who else would be a contender?

  21. vdantev says:

    Lightest all-bronze statue ever made.

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