Let's Twist Again Says 18 Carat Kate, the ?10M Golden Girl; Solid Achievement: Marc Quinn with His Statue of Kate Moss at the Opening of Statuephilia at the British Museum Today

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A LIFE-SIZE statue of Kate Moss made entirely of 18-carat gold was unveiled at the British Museum today.

Artist Marc Quinn said he expects the statue which cost ?1.5 million to make, ?1 million of which was spent on gold to fetch ?10 million when sold.

Members of the public will be able to see this sculpture, Siren, from Saturday until January. The statue is hollow and at 50 kilos weighs the same as Moss.

Quinn has described Kate Moss as a "modern day Aphrodite", and the sculpture is being displayed in the museum's Nereid Gallery among statues of Greek beauties including Aphrodite.

Speaking at today's unveiling, Quinn said: "When I showed Kate the statue she told me she loved it. She really liked the idea and she modelled for me for a day or so." The gold statue has Moss sitting upright with her legs behind her head entangled with her arms. The Kate effigy is wearing only underwear in the provocative position.

Quinn said: "She didn't pose for me like that. Kate thinks it lifts her into a mythic level. I think she loved it because she understands the difference between her image and her self.

"The sculpture is really about whether we make images or they make us. It's about trying to live up to impossible dreams and immortality. With the financial crash at the minute it is a really interesting time to do this. …


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