You might not recognize this man at first glance. But we're pretty sure his name will sound VERY familiar.
Pablo Picasso was one of the world's most famous artists and a badass gentleman in general. But his recent "stunt" puts him in a league of his own.
42 years after his death, Picasso managed to set a world record when one of his pieces became the most expensive work of art EVER sold at auction.
"How expensive?" you may ask. $179.4 million.
That's enough money for four private islands in The Bahamas or Beyoncé and Jay-Z performing at your birthday till the day you die. At least.
The record-breaking painting is Picasso's "Women of Algiers (Version O)" from 1955. It was sold on Monday by Christie's, an auction house based in New York.
The previous record for the most valuable work of art sold at auction was set in 2013 and belonged to Francis Bacon's "Three Studies of Lucian Freud," which was marketed for $142.4 million.
The bidding went kind of like this. (We imagine.)
According to Christie's, "bidding for the Picasso masterpiece went on for over 11 minutes before selling to a client on the phone."
In the video released by the auction house, you can see several bidders fighting over the painting and raising the price from the opening $1,000,000 to the winning $160,000,000 (plus taxes). Someone REALLY wanted that piece.
But what's so special about that painting anyway?
Well, for one, it was painted by Picasso.
A legendary 20th century artist known for his incredible talent and influence on the development of cubism, collage and plastic arts.
Sarah Lichtman, a design history professor at The New School, told the Associated Press that today impressionist and modern artworks are almost universally seen as "beautiful," "accessible" and of "proven value."
However, events like this often resurrect the discussion over the price of art auctions.
Per The Washington Post, museums always had trouble competing with private collectors, but the problem is getting worse. And the most unsettling part is that artworks like Picasso's "Women of Algiers" are bought by anonymous bidders and often end up kept from public view until the next auction.
So next time someone tells you they want to become a painter, don't laugh it off. Who knows what great things they'll end up doing.
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