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$100 vs. $100,000: Can you tell the difference?

posted by Naysawn Naderi | filed under The Art World is Ridiculous |


Art Sumo is founded on the principle that original art doesn't need to be exorbitantly costly; exquisite artwork can be found practically priced if you know where to look. In the next series of blog posts, I will be presenting a few revealing comparisons to illustrate this theory with concrete examples.

In this blog post, I profile seven side-by-side comparisons of similar pieces, where one work sold for $100,000 or more and the other currently sells online for $100. For each comparison, click the painting you believe is the priciest, and after you do, post your results to Facebook + challenge others to do the same. While I doubt you'll be able to consistently pick which one is more expensive, I highly encourage you to give it a try!


They Paid What?! Top 10 Absurd Paintings that Sold for Millions

posted by Naysawn Naderi | filed under The Art World is Ridiculous |

Let's go ahead and conduct a test. I'll buy a handful of paintings from the cheapest spots in town - either a run-of-the-mill flea market, someone's garage sale, or even my 3 year old nephew's preschool classroom - give them a bravado title and extraordinary story, and then sell them in one of the famous auction houses of the world. My guess? With the right mis-attribution, these works could sell for at least $100,000.

Don't just take my word for it! The following are 10 examples of paintings that would be considered junk if they were sold at an ordinary garage sale, but because of their extravagant history, descriptions and estimated value, were sold for millions to the highest bidder:


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