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Overpriced Merchandise

Banana duct-taped to wall

Artist Maurizio Cattelan’s latest piece, consisting of a banana duct-taped to a wall, sold recently for $120,000.

Gallery owner Emmanuel Perrotin defended the work by saying, “It looks like a joke, but step back and look at it again, and it becomes so much more.”

The new owner will receive a certificate of authenticity. However, they’ll also be expected to periodically replace the banana (and presumably the duct tape also). Which begs the question: what did they actually buy? The idea of a banana duct-taped to a wall, apparently.

I'm curious to know how long the owner will actually bother to replace the banana. Twenty years from now, will they still be replacing it every few days?

More info: artsy.net

Posted By: Alex - Sat Dec 07, 2019 - Comments (8)
Category: Art, Overpriced Merchandise

The $4 million Photo

It actually sold for more than $4 million — $4,338,500, to be exact. It was taken by Andreas Gursky who titled it “Rhine II” because it shows a scene along the Rhine River. Its sale in 2011 made it (at the time) the most expensive photo in the world.

The pricetag astounded many people, since it kinda looks like a photo any amateur could and would take. Florence Waters, art critic for the Daily Telegraph, offered this defense of it:

For all its apparent simplicity, the photograph is a statement of dedication to its craft. The late 1980s, when Gursky shot to attention, was a time when photography was first entering gallery spaces, and photographs were taking their place alongside paintings. Photography “as art”, at the time, was still brave and new, and the simplicity of this image shows a great deal of confidence in its effectiveness and potential for creating atmospheric, hyper-real scenarios that in turn teach us to see - and read - the world around us anew. The scale, attention to colour and form of his photography can be read as a deliberate challenge to painting's status as a higher art form. On top of that, Gursky’s images are extraordinary technical accomplishments, which take months to set up in advance, and require a lot of digital doctoring to get just right.


Posted By: Alex - Sun Nov 03, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Overpriced Merchandise, Photography and Photographers

Champagne Vending Machine

In its latest annual gift catalog, Neiman Marcus is offering a champagne vending machine. It goes for a mere $35,000 — champagne not included.



Or, better idea, buy this vending machine on eBay for $1700, and put some champagne (or another beverage of your choice) in it.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Oct 20, 2019 - Comments (6)
Category: Overpriced Merchandise, Alcohol

Nara’s Doodles

A painting by Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara recently sold for $24.9 million at Sotheby’s Hong Kong. This has had an inflationary effect on the value of all his works, including some doodles that he drew ten years ago, on the spur of the moment, on various walls in the Manhattan bar Niagara, where he happened to be drinking. It’s now figured that the doodles are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. More info: CNN






Posted By: Alex - Sat Oct 19, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Art, Overpriced Merchandise

The Meteor Bag

The latest offering from the brand Off-White is the Meteor Bag which has large holes in its sides, as if it’s been hit by meteors (or, perhaps, meteorites?). As a result, anything put into the bag will likely fall out.

The brand says that the bag is intended to be “unfunctional," and that it is, in fact, “challenging the concept of a bag itself.” What a relief someone is finally challenging the tyranny of functional bags!

The cost of the Meteor is a mere $1,665.

More info: vogue.com



Posted By: Alex - Mon Sep 30, 2019 - Comments (0)
Category: Fashion, Overpriced Merchandise

Black Binder Clip Pin

The latest ridiculously overpriced merchandise: a single, black binder clip, from designer Off-White, going for $95.

The designer describes it as a 'pin,' which implies that it's meant to be worn as a fashion accessory, rather than used to hold paper together. Perhaps that's the reason for the high cost!

Posted By: Alex - Wed Aug 14, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Fashion, Overpriced Merchandise

Smythson Water Bottle Set

When only the best will do, then surely $495 isn't too much to pay for a water bottle holder. After all, the price includes 'complimentary' shipping. Available from Smythson.com.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Aug 01, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Overpriced Merchandise

Poop Slinger - The Game

It doesn’t exactly look like the most sophisticated game. So why are copies of Poop Slinger selling for close to $3000 on eBay? Because it’s the rarest PlayStation 4 game in existence. Only 84 copies were ever sold, making it a collector’s item.

Read the full story at: vg247.com



Posted By: Alex - Tue Jul 16, 2019 - Comments (2)
Category: Overpriced Merchandise, Excrement, Collectors, Videogames and Gamers

Raf Simons Grey Leather Tank Top

Usually it retails for $2850, but it's on sale now at ssense.com for only $1311. A bargain!

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jun 06, 2019 - Comments (7)
Category: Fashion, Overpriced Merchandise

Clothespin Earrings

Available from jewelry brand Ambush, for a mere $408.30.



Posted By: Alex - Wed Mar 13, 2019 - Comments (4)
Category: Fashion, Jewelry, Overpriced Merchandise

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