On any other day, I might have taken this snapshot and left it on my hard-drive among thousands of other shots for possible future posts. I was in my painting class today and happened to pass by the teacher’s open cupboard and for some reason, seeing that nautical striped t-shirt bunched up just behind a book of Picasso’s work struck me as a bit odd. If it had been folded up and placed there neatly, I would have thought our teacher had a Picasso fetish and kept her secret altar hidden there. But no, the top was just shoved in there and for some reason a shiver went through me. I even called a classmate over to show him and he too thought it was an interesting coincidence. Lots of people have nautical stripe shirt, so it’s kind of silly of me to make a fuss about it, I know. It’s true I haven’t gotten much sleep these past few days and that I might be a little bit more… impressionable at this point. But then I got home this evening to find the following New York Times news alert:
Picasso Sells at Auction for $106.5 Million, a Record
for an Artwork
A painting that Picasso created in a single day in March
1932, “Nu au Plateau de Sculpteur (Nude, Green Leaves
and Bust),” sold for $106.5 million, a world record auction
price for a work of art, at Christie’s Tuesday night. Bidding
for the Picasso lasted 8 minutes and 6 seconds; there
were six bidders.
Of course the whole world knows about this by now, but I thought the incident was worth posting about. I did the math just for fun and figured that most struggling artists today would be happy to make anywhere between 0.00001 and 0.0001 percent of that 106.5 million (you do the math!). All for a day’s work… Boggles the mind. Too bad Picasso’s not around to take it all in, but wherever he is, I still bet he’s having a really good laugh.