Family bought a Warhol Brillo Box for $1000, traded it, then learned it sold for $3 million


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/08/02/family-bought-a-warhol-brillo.html


#2

Ouch! Oh man.

Oh man.

Fuck.


#3

Lots of Warhol in the news lately.


#4

Yeah, if I bought some art in 1969 for only $1000 I’d probably use it as a coffee table too.


#5

Note to self: Buy shitty art and horde it for 40 years.


#6

I bought this in the 80s for about $250. That’s my adventure in art.

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#7

Man, I wish somebody would simply buy my art, even.


#8

Art clueless here, what is it worth now?


#9

Maybe $2,500+


#10

Commerce is typically lost in the subjective metaphysics of establishing “value”. If they sold it for $1000 happily, then that is presumably what it was worth to them, signifying a successful transaction. So why would it matter to them if it was worth a different amount to somebody else? The fundamental question as a seller seems like “What is it worth to me?”

Arriving at a mutual decision about the value of a thing is socially useful. Making it instead into some game of “most dollars for me because I’m special” might seem tempting, but it is dunderheaded wishful-thinking based upon pre-programmed instinctive behaviors rather than anything with real self or socially actualized agency.


#11

That’s what my first link suggests as well.


#12

Were there actually brillo pads in it? Seems like they would be all rust by now.


#13

I sold some Apple stock in 2000 or so. I got a fair price.


#14

No. It’s a famous Warhol piece of “art” – it’s a facsimile of an actual Brillo box made of wood rather than cardboard. It seemed cleverer in the 1960s, probably due to rampant use of controlled substances.


#15

I bought Apple at 18 and was happy to sell it at 24-25
such were the times


#16

I bought Yahoo at $109 and sold it at $3. I win!


#17

Give us a peek, then.


#18

As has been said before “Hindsight ain’t worth a damn!


#19

I have posts up at the Making, Crafting, Creating thread. I will post some in-progress shots today.

As always, I’m needing the work, so anybody who’s interested can message me. I promise it won’t cost $1000 per piece, even at today’s prices (well, unless it’s huge).

ETA: Progress post up.


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