5. The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living by Damien Hirst, 1991
Medium: Glass, Painted Steel, Silicone, Monofilament, Shark, and Formaldehyde Solution
Damien Hirst's The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living is comprised of a tiger shark preserved in formaldehyde contained within a steel and glass vitrine, weighting 23 tons in total. The piece was originally commissioned by Charles Saatchi in 1991, and its speculated worth is between $8 million and $12 million.