8. For the Love of God by Damien Hirst, 2007

Hirst's momento mori comes in the form of a smiling human skull encrusted with 8,601 diamonds. The staggering 8,601 number includes the large pink pear-shaped diamond (fittingly known as the Skull Star Diamond), set in the center of the skull's forehead. For the Love of God was eventually sold for the $100 million asking price, making both its price and face thoroughly iconic.

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