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Kate Moss is worth her weight in gold

October 3, 2008 | 10:04 am

Kate_moss_4 As far as stunt art goes, it's an unbeatable formula. Take a notorious pop celebrity (the more emotionally troubled and accident prone, the better); create a life-size statue of him or her; stand back and let the bidding begin.

Sculptor Marc Quinn has unveiled a 50-kilogram (110-pound) gold statue of supermodel Kate Moss at the British Museum in London as part of its "Statuephilia" exhibition. The 18-carat sculpture, titled "Siren," is worth an estimated 1.5 million British pounds, or $2.6 million. The artwork portrays the runway goddess in a bizarre yoga-like pose, her torso sticking through her lotus-shaped legs.

The lovely Kate, whose troubles with cocaine have made her permanent paparazzi fodder, joins a few other troubled celebs to have their likenesses immortalized in the sculptural medium.

Who can possibly forget Jeff Koons' 1988 depiction of Michael Jackson and his pet monkey, Bubble? More recently, there was Daniel Edwards' sculpture of a naked Britney Spears giving birth on a bearskin rug, "Monument to Pro-Life: The Birth of Sean Preston" (2006). Edwards was also the mastermind behind "Suri Cruise's First Poop" (2006).

The end of Western civilization? Maybe centuries from now, people will be admiring these artifacts at the Getty Villa.

— David Ng

Photo credit: Lefteris Pitarakis / Associated Press