Thursday, May 16, 2013

sold for $43 million dollars...

 i woke up this morning and saw that this painting was sold for $43 million dollars.

imagine finding one of these at a thrift store and then painting over it because you thought it was a child's art project. i know i would have.

i guess something is worth whatever one is willing to pay for it.

i dont know bout $43 million, however.


via nbcnews.com

"Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and owner of the Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Seahawks, has sold a 1953 painting for $43.8 million at a New York City auction, according to reports. 
The sale of the large 1953 painting by abstract expressionist artist Barnett Newman set an auction record for his work.
Sotheby's said Tuesday the record price for "Onement VI" includes the buyer's premium.
The painting is the last of six in Newman's Onement series. They're characterized by what's called the zip, a distinctive stripe running down the center of the canvas. Four are in museum collections.
"Onement V" sold at auction last year for $22.4 million, the artist's previous auction record.
Newman was an exhibitions organizer of the newly opened Betty Parson Gallery in 1946. He played a vital role in the careers of Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and others. He also influenced the next generation of artists including Frank Stella.
Newman died in 1970."
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