Kate Moss Immortalized in $18 Million Gold Statue

Kate Moss Immortalized in $18 Million Gold Statue
A glimpse of Kate Moss's Siren, which debuts Oct. 4
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updated 08/28/2008 at 02:00 PM EDT

originally published 08/28/2008 03:10PM

Supermodel Kate Moss has officially earned her weight gold.

Thanks to British artist Marc Quinn, her famous face and figure have been immortalized as a solid-gold statue named Siren. Quinn estimates the value of the life-size sculpture at more than $18 million.

Weighing about 110 lbs., Siren is described by the British Museum in London as the largest solid-gold statue since Ancient Egyptian times. Yet, the statue features 34-year-old Moss in a yoga position, making it less than three feet tall.

"I thought the next thing to do would be to make a sculpture of the person who's the ideal beauty of the moment," Quinn said of using Moss for the museum's Statuephilia exhibition, which will premiere Oct. 4.

This isn't the first time Quinn featured the supermodel in his work. His Sphinx sculpture also is of Moss doing yoga, but was cast using bronze.

The exhibition is expected to run through Jan. 25, 2009.

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