I know that the beauty of art is supposed to be in the "eye of the beholder", but when I heard that Edvard Munch’s painting “The Scream” had sold for $120 million in 2012, I nearly shit a brick.
Well today my brick filled bowels began rumbling again when I heard that “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” by Francis Bacon sold for a record $142-million at auction.
Reflecting back to the old “eye of the beholder” thing, I’m finding it hard to believe that the lucky bidder who purchased this work of art found it so beautiful that they had to part with the $140 million bones that were burning a hole in their pocket.
It’s amazing where our priorities lie, is it not? The Philippines is all but wiped out by typhoon Haiyan. Over 2200 people dead. 600,000 displaced. In desperate need of basic necessities like food and water. And someone has $140 million laying around to throw on a picture.
If these paintings are worth somewhere in the $100 million + range, surely my works of art have to worth, ohhh I dunno… $75 or $80 bucks? As a matter of fact I’m going to lead this initiative into the New World. I’m going to auction off one of my works, and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Philippines relief efforts. Let’s start with this one:
Let the bidding begin... Do I hear $5?... 2.50?...
In the new world, anyone who pays more than $100,00.00 for a painting will be required to donate an equal amount to disaster relief.
AND SO IT SHALL BE WRITTEN!