From Rare Pokemon Cards To Empty Frames, Bizarre Pieces Of Artwork That Were Sold For Millions
Banana + Duct Tape = Magic!
The artwork, to everyone’s surprise, was a mere banana held against the wall using a duct tape. The rather puzzling piece of art being sold for such a massive amount, left the netizens scratching their heads in amazement. Things took a rather dramatic turn when performance artist David Datuna ended up taking the banana off the wall and eating it while the artwork was on display at an international gallery, Perrotin, at Art Basel in Miami.
However, the banana-duct tape ensemble is not the only bizarre piece of artwork that has made a massive amount of money. Several ridiculous and weird pieces of artwork have been sold for millions of dollars in the last decade. Here are some of them.
No More Red Flags
In October 2012, Richter's Abstraktes Bild set an auction record price for a painting by a living artist at £21m ($34m, approximately Rs, 3.4 crores). This was exceeded in May 2013 when his 1968 piece Domplatz, Mailand (Cathedral square, Milan) sold for $37.1 million (£24.4 million, approximately Rs. 2.44 crores) in New York.
Seems like Richter wanted to paint the town red, after all!
Gotta Catch ‘Em All!
What’s so special about the card, you ask? The card was special because it was handed out as a prize in the competitions in the year 1998. Only 39 of these cards were made, making them very rare.
Home, Sweet Home?
‘My Bed’, consisted of Emin’s bed full of soiled bedsheets stained with bodily secretions, condoms, knickers with menstrual blood stains and everyday objects like slippers. ‘My Bed’ was bought by Charles Saatchi for £150,000 (approximately Rs. 1.4 crore) and displayed as part of the first exhibition when the Saatchi Gallery opened its new premises at County Hall, London.
Art Or Feces?
Each can weighs around 30 grams. The most bizarre and confusing fact about ‘Artist’s Shit’, is that a single tin of the ‘artwork’ was sold for €124,000 (approximately Rs. 97.57 lakhs) on Sotheby, one of the largest brokers of fine and decorative art on May 23, 2007.
Another can was sold in October 2008 for £97,250 (approximately Rs. 91.12 lakhs). Needless to say, the buyers spent a humongous amount on..err...a piece of crap.
The statue was purchased by a Swiss art collector for a staggering 300,000 yuan ($45,113 approximately Rs. 32.09 lakhs).
Blasphemy And Sacrilege
‘Piss Christ’, is essentially a photograph of the Crucifix,a holy Christian symbol submerged in the artist’s urine. To no one’s surprise, the piece of ‘art’ caused a massive outrage and major controversy, with Serrano receiving death threats and hate mail. However, the bizarre artwork received a funding of $15,000 (Rs.10.67 lakhs) from the taxpayer’s money.
Several others alleged that the government funding of the artwork violated the principle of separation of Church and State.
Error 404: Art Not Found
If you haven’t figured it out by now, the artworks are essentially pieces of empty frames. The art exists only in the imagination of the artist. As per a report by npr.org, a woman in 2011, paid $10,000 (Rs. 7.11 lakhs) for a piece called ‘fresh art’ by the museum.
Looks like the museum took the popular quote ‘beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder’ too literally.
Gignac came up with a souvenir which is essentially a nicely-packaged cube containing garbage from New York City. In no time, people started viewing the souvenirs as a piece of art, thereby proving Gignac’s point. The cubes were sold for as high as $50-$100 (approximately Rs. 3,550- Rs. 7,113).
Love For Cheetos
The artist recently recreated the scene where ‘The Three Wise Men’, come to shower baby Jesus with gifts. The scene of Christ’s nativity was created entirely using Cheetos cheese puffs and gained massive appreciation from Huot’s fans.