George Michael's 1m face
- Bang Showbiz
- 4 November 2008
George Michael is to pay £1 million for a gold and diamond-encrusted model of his face
George Michael is to pay £1 million for a model of his face.
The 'Careless Whisper' singer is planning to splash out on a 24-carat gold and diamond replica of himself after seeing the sculptures on British TV show 'The Dragons' Stories' - a follow-up to entrepreneurial programme 'Dragons' Den'.
A source revealed: "George is very keen on getting a gold and diamond-encrusted statue of himself. He loves the idea of something so permanent."
Laban Roomes, 39, who created the pieces, said: "These statues sparkle like you wouldn't believe. They are the perfect Christmas present."
The 44-year-old star is hoping to add the sculpture to the £50 million diamond-studded skull created by Damien Hirst which he and partner Kenny Goss own.
The couple, who have an extensive art collection, are planning to open a bigger gallery to house their pieces.
Kenny said: "Our collection is always expanding so the need for more space is important. We would love to have enough space to have permanent displays as well as short exhibits.
"Our plan is to have one of the most interesting contemporary art spaces in the United States. If all goes as planned, we should be in our new home in the next three to four years."
The couple opened a smaller space in Texas four years ago, which hosts over 600 exhibitions of works drawn from the Goss-Michael Foundation's collection.
George and Kenny have been collecting art for over 11 years and have had other works commissioned for them.
Kenny added: "Sarah Lucas, the next artist to be featured at the Foundation, has just created one of her signature bunny pieces especially for George and me, Pepsi and Cocky."