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Old 08-14-2018, 04:18 PM
Location: North Idaho
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I don't care for the artist myself. If I'm buying art, I want something I enjoy looking at, so I will leave the Twombley paintings for someone who enjoys them. Same for Andy Warhol. Not my cup of tea.
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Old 08-15-2018, 10:10 AM
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Originally Posted by TechGromit View Post
Art is a very risky investment, not all art increases in value. As tastes change, Art can go significantly up or down in value. And it's not like stocks, Art that is "out of favor" could remain that way for decades or longer. Some Art is also purchased by "uneducated" art collectors, they way over pay for something, giving them bragging rights, look how rich I am, I paid X million dollars for this. When fortunes change, that same Art is often sold at fire sale prices, to raise capital.

One case in point would be David Lee Edwards, after winning the lottery for 27 million dollars after taxes, he burned through 12 million dollars in his first year alone. Besides cars and mansions, one thing he brought was Art, wildly over paying, when he ran out of money and was looking to raise cash, his Art was sold for pennies on the dollar. There have been far more wealthy sports stars and instant internet millionaires that met with the same fate.
1st part is spot on......

2nd part- less so. My aunt was his neighbor, it was 24/7 mayhem for years until he lost the house to foreclosure. He was an ex-con from Kentucky and unfortunately got sold lots of fake stuff. He frequently doubled down on his trinkets.....tell him there are only 2 in the world and he would have bought both!

For those of you who don't know David (his story starts at the 1:11 mark)

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Old 08-16-2018, 02:21 PM
Location: Boston
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this should raise the spirits of those living paycheck to paycheck. Someday if they work hard, they can be rich too.
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Old 09-22-2018, 05:28 AM
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Bet ya the artist never thought in a million years some fool would pay 46 mil for that. He is probably working on his next one.
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Old 09-22-2018, 07:14 AM
Location: The analog world
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Originally Posted by tj2013 View Post
Bet ya the artist never thought in a million years some fool would pay 46 mil for that. He is probably working on his next one.
The artist, Cy Twombly, died in 2011.
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Old 09-22-2018, 10:25 AM
Location: too far from the sea
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I'm not a fan of modern art but often I can appreciate it and understand why it might have value. I hated Andy Warhol's stuff when it first came out and laughed at it. I still hate it but now it's worth big money. I don't really understand why.

Maybe it's all in the name. Maybe a name catches on and people get all excited about it.

Sometimes a painting can be ugly but it gets the message across successfully. That could equal monetary value.

But these red spirals? Absolutely nothing. They remind me of a ball of red yarn or someone scribbling to see if their pen works. As far as I'm concerned, we've gone too far with art, pretending that it's high quality when it isn't. Today, good painting doesn't seem to have much of a place because we have great cameras instead and the modern artists seem to already have tried just about everything. So I would have to see a bit of realism mixed in with the wildly, meaningless abstract. At what point does a painting become meaningless and over the top? This painting falls into that category for me. Hoping it becomes worthless!
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Old 09-23-2018, 02:50 PM
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Am I here the first fool, to be beguiled by the Greater Fool Theory? Who cares if the thing being traded lacks substance, let alone art? Is the market not currently agog, with mere mathematical calculations, packaged as "currency"? Who "mines" a set of numbers, by watching a set of graphics-cards reject waste-heat? But so it is, and people gladly pay.

There's a compelling reason to believe, that all wealth's a swindle and a ruse, exploiting gullibility and fashion. What's a prized condo worth, atop a building overlooking stifling traffic, commotion and a street-scene buzz, where buzz itself is cause of imputed value? How can it be ten million dollars, even if the balcony is cozy, and the railing artistically-wrought? But people pay, and others will pay even more.

Who says that stock P/E ought to numerically be twice the annual percentage earnings growth-rate? Yet that's the rule, and seemingly it holds... it is especially favored by the self-styled prudent sort, who much decry "lofting valuations" and the like... an arbitrary rule, best beloved by hard-nosed realists. Ironic?

I'd to pay $46 dollars for those squiggles, let alone six zeros tacked upon the rear. But then again, I'm the unimaginative buy-and-hold type.
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Old 09-23-2018, 03:02 PM
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I love Cy Twomby. To own one of his work would be my wildest dream come true.
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Old 09-26-2018, 12:19 PM
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I could make you a really good imitation in about 5 minutes and I’d sell it to you for only $10,000! A total bargain really.
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Old 09-27-2018, 09:34 AM
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Art has greatly changed through the last few centuries, and Cy Twombly was an artist who cared little about the modern day critics, especially those who challenged every artist for their "sin" of failing to court the masses. All art at some level becomes the artists conceptual labor rather than a utilitarian offering. And artists such as Twombly paint for their own enjoyment rather than becoming compromised by the old school notions of Art benefactors fleecing the talent of others. As for the price of Twombly's work, it's simply a price tag meant for those with lots of money, so, no wonder most don't "get it."
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