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    Some people have too much money

    Today, May 15th, it was reported that an auction firm called Barnett Newmann auctioned a painting for $43.8 million dollars.
    The painting is a solid blue canvas with a white stripe down the middle.

    With all the people in this world who have almost nothing, there are people who have nothing better to do than throw their money away.
    $43.8 million could have done a lot to help so many people.

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    Amen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rudyjo View Post
    The painting is a solid blue canvas with a white stripe down the middle.
    Pretty sure I've got some old paint out in the garage, excuse me while I go become a millionaire.
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    I wouldn't have paid a penny over $20,000,000 for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timtyler View Post
    I wouldn't have paid a penny over $20,000,000 for that.

    I thinks we paid 1.8M back in the day for this one, and there was much national outrage that the National Gallery of Canada would shell out so much for it. Sounds like a good investment now.
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    Maybe this story would have created less consternation if the painting had been done by Picasso, or another big name painter. I don't think many people outside of the art world have heard of this guy - I hadn't. And a wiki search reveals that Mr. Newmann is also a big name painter.

    Who am I to complain how others spend their disposable income? sibud
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rudyjo View Post
    The painting is a solid blue canvas with a white stripe down the middle.
    Quote Originally Posted by mcmxcivrs View Post
    Pretty sure I've got some old paint out in the garage, excuse me while I go become a millionaire.
    Sorry guys, but you just don't get it.

    This is fine art.
    The 'Blue' is particular, as is the 'White'. Simply calling those colours blue and white is a travesty, and an insult to the artist.
    Personally I would not have paid that much, I have other priorities; to ridicule the connoisseur who managed to procure the piece does more to point out deficiencies in your characters than it does to show shortfalls in his or hers.

    BTW
    Sotheby's auctioned this piece.
    Barnett Newman was the artist.

    Hope that makes you think
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    LOL!!!

    You know what kind of motorcycle collection you could have bought with $43mill??? Oh, the Humanity!!!

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    Think that is the same one I saw at the Smithsonian a few years ago, although I don't remember the white stripe, and it looked more rectangular. I didn't get it seeing it in person either. I think the title of the thread is correct.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pffog View Post
    Think that is the same one I saw at the Smithsonian a few years ago, although I don't remember the white stripe, and it looked more rectangular. I didn't get it seeing it in person either. I think the title of the thread is correct.
    It's possible that when you saw it at the Smithsonian it didn't have the white stripe.
    A plain blue canvas probably wouldn't get more than a few million.
    Having a gifted artist add the white stripe in just the right place is what got it up to $43.8 million at auction.
    I think I would have made the white stripe horizontal, but that may have ruined it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MOTORRADMIKE View Post
    Sorry guys, but you just don't get it.

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    Obviously you don't have enough money. (FWIW That's my excuse for my being artistically challenged)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MOTORRADMIKE View Post
    BTW
    Sotheby's auctioned this piece.
    Barnett Newman was the artist.

    Hope that makes you think
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    I am going to buy a bunch of ping pong tables and "re-purpose" them

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    Quote Originally Posted by pffog View Post
    I am going to buy a bunch of ping pong tables and "re-purpose" them

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    Now you have too much money...I still don't get it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MOTORRADMIKE View Post
    Sorry guys, but you just don't get it.

    This is fine art.
    The 'Blue' is particular, as is the 'White'. Simply calling those colours blue and white is a travesty, and an insult to the artist.
    Personally I would not have paid that much, I have other priorities; to ridicule the connoisseur who managed to procure the piece does more to point out deficiencies in your characters than it does to show shortfalls in his or hers.

    BTW
    Sotheby's auctioned this piece.
    Barnett Newman was the artist.

    Hope that makes you think
    That is a lot of MONEY. I would bet that they artist was lucky if he got 10% of the selling price.
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