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    Well all I know is they are obviously displaying the painting upside down. Proper display makes all the difference with this type of art. I would not spend more than 40 Mil. on this one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rudyjo View Post
    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.
    I would have been far more bold and gone diagonally, but not simply corner to corner, a precise 37.5 degree angle from upper right towards lower left. That would have pushed this well over the 100 million mark. But alas, I was not consulted. Their loss.
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    And I see that a portrait of actress Bea Arthur (remember "Golden Girls"?) just sold for a more modest $1.9M. The amount was more modest, not the picture which is Bea in her birthday suit. I'll have nightmares for years...

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    And the guy will no doubt hang it too high in the room. My wife says guys always do 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.

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    And some of our neighbours' tongues might be wagging if we brought home that green frame Ducati that went for $100,000 at the Las Vegas auction recently. I wonder how much a restored R32 would cost?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcmxcivrs View Post
    I would have been far more bold and gone diagonally, but not simply corner to corner, a precise 37.5 degree angle from upper right towards lower left. That would have pushed this well over the 100 million mark. But alas, I was not consulted. Their loss.
    Here we go... some people are always "looking for an angle"
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    I think the uber-rich do stuff like this just to annoy us common folk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 35634 View Post
    I think the uber-rich do stuff like this just to annoy us common folk.
    Sometimes the uber-rich do crazy stuff to employ us common folk.

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    "Annoy"... "employ"... same thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by widebmw View Post
    Sometimes the uber-rich do crazy stuff to employ us common folk.
    It all depends on who you call "uber-rich". Some "uber-rich" create wealth, many inherit. Ownership doesn't doesn't imply creative genius.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sibud View Post
    I have owned several motorcycles. I have owned several boats. I just got back from 10 days sailing in the BVI's. Flying to Denver at the end of the month. RA Rally in June, BMWST Rally in June, PNW in July. Boundary Waters canoe trip in August. NW Arkansas on the bike in September.

    Who am I to complain how others spend their disposable income?

    Anyone else here live in a glass house?
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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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    Art and the discussion thereof is a tricky topic. As a small child when visiting in laws I spied a mag showing splatter dribble painting. Much later in life actually went back and tried comprehend how this, the American breakout of the modern era, happened. It took afew years of reading, looking and many evenings sitting at lectures, to get a handle on "The Triumph of American Painting", (Sandler). In the end it's less about painting, the object itself or whether today we could throw an old can of paint and get rich.

    It's more, IMHO, about what promoters/critics of that era said/wrote/hyped about the objects, and the timing of all this frenetic art activity mid twentieth century in America, and now it's position in the long history of humans making objects/art.

    Enter, a piece of this activity, a big blue piece, onto the auction scene. and we all know what can happen at an auction. Actually, IMO, it's very exciting to watch. Don't really care, as others have said, how much cash anyone has or what they want to spend it on. Gratitude is the beginning of happiness, others can grapple with envy. Back to art.

    I suspect one of the objects of greatest enjoyment for Pollack was his green Olds convertible with its 303 ci v8. did the "great American" abstract painters really knew what they doing, or lived to profit from their work? some did and it, abstraction, can never happen again, and that's what lures fortunes to grab a piece whenever it comes up for sale. It's a piece of an era that catapulted American painting ahead of what previously had been happening on the continent. Two cents only, it's been fun.

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