9 Unbelievable Pieces of Art that Actually Sold
1Artist's Shit, Literally!
Contents 30 gr net
Produced and tinned
in May 1961
At the time the piece was created, Manzoni was producing works that explored the relationship between art production and human production.
A tin was sold for €124,000 at Sotheby's on May 23, 2007; in October 2008, tin 083 was offered for sale at Sotheby's with an estimate of £50-70,000. It sold for £97,250. The cans were originally valued according to their equivalent weight in gold — $37 each in 1961 — with the price fluctuating according to the market.
2Non-Existent Art, Sold for $10,000
3Piss Christ (a Crucifix Submerged in a Glass of the Artist's Urine), Sold for $15,000
The piece caused a scandal when it was exhibited in 1989, with detractors, including United States Senators Al D'Amato and Jesse Helms, outraged that Serrano received $15,000 for the work, plus $5,000 in 1986 from the taxpayer-funded National Endowment for the Arts. Serrano received death threats and hate mail, and lost grants due to the controversy. Others alleged that the government funding of Piss Christ violated the separation of church and state. The work was vandalized at the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia, and gallery officials reported receiving death threats in response to Piss Christ.
4Red Mirror, Sold for $ 750,000
But what caught our attention was this piece, "Mirror," which sold for $750,000. While we recognize the value of the other works by Gerhard Richter, it is difficult to understand the value of this, isn't it? It's really just red paint in a slight gradient on a mirror. Perhaps the collector who bought it just wanted to see themselves in a bit more color when looking in the mirror.
5NYC Garbage Cubes, Sold for $50 Each
Anyone can buy a souvenir of New York City, but since 2001 you can own another important artifact of the city: its garbage. Artist Justin Gignac started selling NYC garbage after his co-workers belittled the importance of packaging design. Gignac decided to show them how persuasive good packaging design can be in a purchase decision.
The cubes initially sold for $10, but Gignac raised the price to $25 when people started perceiving the containers as souvenirs from New York. When he raised the price to $50-$100, people began viewing the square chests of trash as art.
Gignac has also produced a number of pricier special edition cubes that include garbage from Obama's Inauguration and Opening Day at Yankee Stadium. Discarded trash from one-time events gets a second life in these branded cubes, becoming valuable artifacts of an event that will never happen again.
6Onement Vi, Abstract Art Sold for $43.8 Million
We are not saying that it's a bad painting, but $43 million for a blue canvas does seem like a lot.
7My Bed (Artist's Bed Covered with Soiled Bedsheets and Menstrual-Stained Underwear), Sold for $150,000
My Bed was bought by Charles Saatchi for £150,000 and displayed as part of the first exhibition when the Saatchi Gallery opened its new premises at County Hall, London. Saatchi also installed the bed in a dedicated room in his own home.
8Venus de Milo Statue Made of Excrement, Sold for $45,000
But the most unbelievable thing about this “shitty” statue of Venus de Milo is that it was actually purchased by a Swiss art collector for a staggering 300,000 yuan ($45,113). Talk about spending money on crap, right?
9Rhein II, Sold for $4.3 million
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