Friday, May 29, 2009

Gold sculpture of Kate Moss on display in the British Museum

This gold sculpture of topmodel Kate Moss is on display in the British Museum. The statue by Marc Quinn, known as "Siren" and is worth about 2 million Euro, according to some experts.

After his April 2006, Sphinx, a white coated bronze sculpture of Kate Moss, showing Moss in a yoga position with her ankles and arms wrapped behind her ears, in August 2008, Marc Quinn unveiled another sculpture of Kate Moss, this time in solid gold, called "Siren", which is now featuring in the British Museum, London. The gold statue is the largest gold statue since ancient Egypt. Quinn’s previous work included the marble sculpture Alison Lapper Pregnant, which appeared on a plinth in London's Trafalgar Square.

The statue weighing 50 kg (110 lb), which the museum calls a "fitting setting" for the statue of Moss, "interacting with the great Greek beauties that surround it", is a £1.5m ($2.8m) 100% gold statue made as part of a British Museum exhibition. Marc Quinn described Kate Moss as "the ideal beauty of the moment".

Born Katherine Ann Moss on 16 January 1974, she has appeared on over 300 magazine covers. She is known for her figure, uncommonly short height for a fashion model, and her high profile relationships and party lifestyle.

In 2007, she came 2nd on the Forbes top 15 richest supermodels list. In 2009, Kate Moss finished at third place in the world’s richest models’ list with $8.5 million, earning a million dollars more than the previous year, according to, after #1 Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen and #2 German supermodel Heidi Klum.

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