Last night I lost a bid to purchase a serigraph by a not-quite-famous Quebec artist. For days it had stuck at a sweet spot but in the last hour before closing, shot up in price three times more than I wanted to pay. Ah well, c’est la vie.
Fast forward to my morning coffee, over which I read this article. An invisible sculpture was auctioned off for an incredible €15,000 ($18,300). The artist Salvatore Garau specializes in “immaterial sculptures”, that is to say art made of nothing.
The Italian auction house Art-Rite listed the piece with a pre-sale estimate of €6,000-9,000 but competing bidders pushed the price tag to €15,000.
I wonder about that online auction bidder. I wonder if he had a MaxBid in mind but quickly forgot it as the potential to lose increased it appeal. In the thrill of the chase, did he even remember what he was bidding on?
In any event, for all those others who lost … I have some blank space I want to sell. Starting bid: €15,000