I could have had a

… malaria vaccine!

But I decided to take my 450 million dollars and buy a small poor quality Leonardo of uncertain provenance and stick it in a storage facility.


How quaint.

[T]he present commercialisation of the art world, at its top end, is a cultural obscenity. When you have the super-rich paying $104m for an immature Rose Period Picasso – close to the GNP of some Caribbean or African states – something is very rotten. Such gestures do no honour to art: they debase it by making the desire for it pathological. As Picasso’s biographer John Richardson said to a reporter on that night of embarrassment at Sotheby’s, no painting is worth a hundred million dollars.

Robert Hughes, 2004.

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