Friday, December 22, 2006

From Jackson Pollock and Gustav Klimt to priceless pieces of art

Tastes are different, so are income and expectations. Currently, the highest priced painting is Jackson Pollock’s ‘No.5 1948’ (worth $140million). To my taste most Pollocks are notoriously overrated and do leave the impression that the U.S.A. also deserve to have the highest priced artist on Earth. Anyway, let other people pay the price.

The second most expensive painting (also auctioned in 2006, same as the No. 5 from Pollock) is ‘Adele Bloch-Bauer I’ from Gustav Klimt. It’s a nice piece of art, easy to understand and beautiful. To some people it’s tacky, to others it’s worth $135million.

The best thing is that not all art can be auctioned and that valuable pieces can still be admired at their original places. Take for example the ‘Last Judgement’, a 12th-century Byzantine mosaic from Torcello Church in the Venetian Lagoon. Compared to all the current high-flyers, these pieces are priceless.

Photo from the ‘Last Judgement’ in Torcello (December 2006), the former two pictures are borrowed from the net.

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At December 26, 2006 at 4:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do they have Jackson Pollock on toilet paper by now?


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