Sunny Days in Heaven
Spiritual/Political/Philosophical Blog on the Nature of Truth and Falsehood and Heaven

Thursday, November 10, 2005  

There's one born every second

Someone bought this piece of junk at auction for 24 million dollars. It was bought by a dealer who must be looking to sell it for even more.

"This exceedingly rare work was the pinnacle of a four-decade career," said Tobias Meyer, Sotheby's worldwide head of contemporary art and the auctioneer for the evening.

There was a time when I was clever enough to explain the intellectually thrilling meaning of such nonsense, the real irony (which is all important) being that so many people were cowed into believing the pretense that this was art and said something about reality. The next biggest joke of course being that millionaires were sufficiently duped by their status seeking desires to pay such sums.

It was a great con and it's still being played. Remember the expression -- a fool and his money are soon parted. Tap something primitive (the yearning egotism for greater status) in even the most worldly and self-proclaimed, hard nosed, bottom line guys and you get lots of new clothes for emperors being made.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 3:24 PM |