Random thoughts on art

  • JuneauMike

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    Nov 10, 2015 6:51 AM GMT
    Guy just paid $170 *MILLION* for one painting at a NYC auction. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/modigliani-nude-painting-fetches-record-170-4m-in-n-y/

    For the same money, he or she could have:

    Given a $20 bill to every man, woman and child in all five New York City Boroughs. Or...

    Paid the Louisville, Kentucky police budget for one year. Or...

    Paid the entire cost of filming Tron:Legacy (And made a $230 million dollar profit) Or...

    He could have given everyone in America about 50 cents lol.

    Seriously though, if I had $170 million, I wouldn't buy one damned painting!

  • Apparition

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    Nov 10, 2015 8:00 AM GMT
    but he doesnt have 170 million, he has several BILLION.
    Also, he has a GALLERY so it will be on display to the public. Which is a good thing right? Much better than in someones living room unseen like the previous 60 years.

  • JuneauMike

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    Nov 10, 2015 8:28 AM GMT
    Apparition saidbut he doesnt have 170 million, he has several BILLION.
    Also, he has a GALLERY so it will be on display to the public. Which is a good thing right? Much better than in someones living room unseen like the previous 60 years.



    Well, we don't know. It was bought anonymously.
  • real2

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    Nov 10, 2015 10:00 AM GMT
    Why not? Rare paintings go up in value a lot icon_biggrin.gif. Look at what Picassos went for 30 years and what they are worth now.
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    Nov 10, 2015 1:26 PM GMT
    I think that's why they call it fuck you money...

    As long on as you are ready for the coming apocalypse than I say buy all the frescoes you like.

    Personally, I'd use that kind of cheddar to put a major dent in the homeless community.
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    Nov 10, 2015 1:28 PM GMT
    real2 saidWhy not? Rare paintings go up in value a lot icon_biggrin.gif. Look at what Picassos went for 30 years and what they are worth now.


    Yeah???
    Why can't I get sh*t for my Shannon Sharp Beanie baby?
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    Nov 10, 2015 5:32 PM GMT
    JuneauMike saidGuy just paid $170 *MILLION* for one painting at a NYC auction. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/modigliani-nude-painting-fetches-record-170-4m-in-n-y/


    Seriously though, if I had $170 million, I wouldn't buy one damned painting!


    So, you have just showed the rest of us that you are a Philistine. You don't care for art - that's your privilege, but that sort of defines who you are to some extent. Some of us don't even have $1 million, and own a number of paintings. Art, however you define it, has been around since the caveman (literally, cave dwellers were making paintings by torchlight on cave walls in France thousands of years ago). Must play some part in most human's consciousness.
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    Nov 10, 2015 6:18 PM GMT
    Well, the NYT story says that the artist sold the entire contents of his studio, in 1918, for about $4500 (adjusted modern value.) There are probably hundreds or thousands of equivalent artists around today who would sell you a painting every bit as inspiring for a few hundred dollars or less. And that money goes to the artist, not some other rich wanker.
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    Nov 10, 2015 7:56 PM GMT
    Thread jack.

    Some art forgeries are so good that even the experts are fooled. Think about someone paying millions for a forged painting that was vetted by the experts. There is no original because it's not a copy but done in the style of a famous artist and was supposedly discovered in someone's attic.

    Myself, I would be happy to just have a print of some nice piece that I like.
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    Nov 10, 2015 9:45 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidThread jack.

    Myself, I would be happy to just have a print of some nice piece that I like.


    There was a news story in the last couple months about an artist (former forger) who will copy any painting you want, for not a lot of money - he just won't sign them any more with the artist's names. He is good enough that his work is still (unknowlingly) in a number of museums. Might try seeking him out, and have him copy a painting o your choice.
  • JuneauMike

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    Nov 10, 2015 11:29 PM GMT
    [quote]So, you have just showed the rest of us that you are a Philistine. You don't care for art - that's your privilege, but that sort of defines who you are to some extent. Some of us don't even have $1 million, and own a number of paintings. Art, however you define it, has been around since the caveman (literally, cave dwellers were making paintings by torchlight on cave walls in France thousands of years ago). Must play some part in most human's consciousness.[/quote]

    I have plenty of art. I have a Nathalie Parenteau of a white fox sitting next to a snow covered outhouse, and I paid more for it than I ever have for art. I also have a couple of Ray Peck's (Tlingit artist) and several other pieces of art.

    I am just shocked that someone would pay $170m for something that will occupy one small part of a wall, or sit in a vault.
  • venue35

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    Nov 21, 2015 12:59 AM GMT
    Was it a klimt??
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    Nov 21, 2015 1:00 AM GMT
    I really need to learn how to find richer and more brain-dead clients.
  • Apparition

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    Nov 22, 2015 3:51 AM GMT
    JuneauMike said
    Apparition saidbut he doesnt have 170 million, he has several BILLION.
    Also, he has a GALLERY so it will be on display to the public. Which is a good thing right? Much better than in someones living room unseen like the previous 60 years.



    Well, we don't know. It was bought anonymously.


    http://www.businessinsider.com/170-million-modigliani-nude-was-purchased-with-an-amex-2015-11
  • bro4bro

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    Nov 22, 2015 4:45 AM GMT
    Bill Gates famously spent 30 million on a DaVinci codex (a collection of writings on scientific observations, which at this point would be sadly outdated, and even in DaVinci's time would have soon been eclipsed by antecedents such as Galileo). He also has famously spent billions on charitable and humanitarian efforts.

    The money to fund these pursuits is obviously there. Should we criticize how he spends every last cent of it?
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    Nov 22, 2015 5:39 AM GMT
    It's called.....wealth management..."an investment" or store of wealth.

    It's hard to understand a collector. They do things like this. It could even be a tax advantage if he has a gallery.