What Is the Most Overpriced Work of Art?

Pablo Picasso said, "Everything you can imagine is real." As if to prove the truth of those words, the artistic duo Praxis (ie. husband-and-wife team Brainard and Delia Carey) and actor James Franco created the Museum of Non-Visible Art in New York City in 2011. The artwork in the museum is neither tangible nor visible; it exists in one's imagination and nowhere else. Museum visitors are treated to simple paper cards mounted on walls, each of which contains a written description of the "non-visible" artwork. They are then expected to use those words to create a specific image or scenario in their imagination. If all of that sounds pretty abstract -- even for abstract art -- consider this: One buyer paid $10,000 USD for Fresh Air, which promises the imaginer an indescribably perfect breath of oxygen-rich air at any time and an accompanying sense of endless serenity. Who says art is overpriced?

For the love of art:

  • Between 1912 and 1948, Olympic medals were awarded for sports-inspired paintings and sculptures, as well as for architecture, literature, and music.

  • The Mona Lisa is so popular that the Louvre has a separate mailbox to hold all of the love letters she receives.

  • Pablo Picasso's father quit painting when he realized his 13-year-old son was already a better artist.

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