Feeling Creative? 5 Pieces of Golden Artwork From Around the World

Gold comes with a high price tag, but it is a favorite medium of many artists. In fact, gold has been used by artists through the years for works large and small. So, what are some of the most popular and most expensive gold art pieces from around the world?

Kate Moss in Gold

Golden Kate Moss

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The British Museum unveiled a life-size gold statue of Kate Moss in 2008. The piece called Siren was created completely of 18 carat gold, and was displayed in a gallery with a variety of Greek goddess statues. It was called a modern-day Aphrodite, and is the largest statue created fully of gold since the days of the ancient Egyptians.

Artist: Marc Quinn

Price: It cost £1.5 million to make. The artist expected to make £10 million, however, it only brought in £577,000.

The Golden Buddha

Golden Buddha

Image via Flickr by Mahesh Telkar

If you want to see the world’s largest golden statue, you need to head to Chinatown, Thailand. The Phra Sukhothai Traimit, also known as the Golden Buddha, is about 10 feet tall and was created with 5.5 tons of gold. It is estimated that the Buddha statue was created sometime between the 13th and 15th century. The piece was not truly discovered for what it was until the 1950’s.

Artist: Unknown

Price: Depending on the year and the price of gold, this statue could be worth between $180 million and $350 million USD, just in gold alone. That doesn’t include the historical significance or anything else.

Reclining Buddha

Gold Statue

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Many golden Buddha statues are out there, but another of the most famous pieces is in Bangkok. Known as the Reclining Buddha, this piece is said to have been made centuries before Thailand made Bangkok the capital. The Reclining Buddha is gold-plated, and is 46 meters long with a height of 15 meters. It is said to show Buddha passing into Nirvana.

Artist: Unknown

Price: Unknown

Johann Strauss Monument in Gold

Gold Monument

Image via Flickr by Harald Groven

If you head to Vienna, don’t pass up Stadtpark. Here you will be able to see the monument to Johann Strauss. Though the piece is not completely made of gold—it is bronze with gold plating—it truly something to behold. Music and art lovers have flocked to the park for decades to see the beautiful statue that was originally unveiled in 1921.

Artist: Edmund Hellmer

Price: Unknown

Golden Eagle for Charity

Golden Eagle

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Said to have a market value of about $6 million, the Golden Eagle statue commissioned by Ron Shore is a beautiful statue. The body of the eagle is gold, and the head is diamond encrusted. The statue even includes a large emerald. The piece was set for auction through Sotheby’s, with proceeds of the sale going to charity and breast cancer research.

Artist: Kevin Peters

Price: Market Value—About $6 million. It is still listed for sale at $5 million.

There are many beautiful pieces of art that are either solid gold or gold-plated. When you travel the world, you get to view these amazing wonders.

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