The canvas, measuring 81 inches by 55.5 inches was sold by Sotheby’s on behalf of its former owner, David Rockefeller. Rockefeller purchased it for less then $10,00 in 1960. Mr. Rockefellar obviously enjoys a lot of appreciation, both from an investment perspective and an artistic perspective. The bidding for the painting was won by an anonymous bearded man, bidding from a “sky box” in Sotheby’s auction room.
In specific terms the cost of this artwork for the new owner comes to $16,193.97 per square inch of painted surface. We certainly hope someone enjoys savoring this painting, if they ever grow tired of it, they are going to have one hell of a bad case of buyer’s remorse.
For the rest of us who might want to enjoy this artistic work in our own homes, we can purchase a serigraph (silk screen) version that is 47 inches by 35 inches, matted and framed, no less, for the reasonable price of $326.99 via the internet. That works out to just under 20 cents a square inch. Granted some of those square inches are the matte and frame, but still, a bargain in our eyes, and no chance of buyer’s remorse, afterall, we could always take it off the wall and convert it to a cocktail tray.
Here is the painting on the block, with those very clever Sotheby’s folks, and the suck… art lovers paying close attention.
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