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Hirst creates mini diamond skull

Damien Hirst has created a controversial new version of his £50m diamond-encrusted skull.

Hirst's company, Science Ltd, told The Art Newspaper that the work was created using an infant's skull.

Hirst has made a scaled-down version of For the Love of God, which was studded with 8,601 diamonds.

The use of a child's head may cause the sort of outrage that often surrounds Hirst's work, but art critic Ben Lewis said: "It's basically art shock goes bling, not much more than Freddie Krueger with diamante on."

The new work is cast in platinum and set with diamonds. It will be shown at the Gagosian Gallery's inaugural show, Forgotten Promises, next month at its new gallery in Hong Kong.