A message to those that THINK they're in the 1%


Locutus
#1
you ain't.

Casino mogul Steve Wynn pays $28 million for Popeye statue



Ask the average person what he or she would do with $28 million, and we're guessing that buying a 2,000-pound statue of Popeye the Sailor Man would be near the bottom of the list.

Not so for casino mogul and billionaire Steve Wynn. The Las Vegas tycoon recently dropped $28 million for a larger-than-life statue designed by legendary artist Jeff Koons, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The piece had been expected to draw around $25 million during the Sotheby's auction in New York, according to Art Daily. When will people learn to stop underestimating Popeye?

The idea of spending so much on a statue of the spinach-chomping, Bluto-stomping cartoon character may sound ridiculous, but the piece of art may prove to be a wise investment on Wynn's part.

Koons only created three of the Popeye statues. Another of his works, Balloon Dog, was auctioned for a staggering $58 million last year, making it the most expensive piece of art sold by a living artist, CNBC reports.

In a 2012 interview with Stephen Colbert, Koons said he likes the way art makes him feel. Colbert joked back that it makes Koons feel rich. Clearly, he's not a starving artist.

Wynn reportedly plans to display the glossy statue complete with spinach, bulging muscles, and pipe in his Las Vegas casino-hotel. Assuming, that is, that he doesn't put an elbow through it first.


Casino mogul Steve Wynn pays $28 million for Popeye statue

the real 1% be mocking everybody man.
 
Count_Lothian
#2
It's hard for the average person to understand the immensity of wealth and the amount of disposable millions people have.

Our politicians are all multimillionaires that are in leadership positions.
It's why the common folk get so confused as to their blunders with billions.
The fiasco in purchasing fighter planes comes to mind.

The art world is a small one. People who buy a piece for 60 million dollars on a somewhat regular basis are living in a total other realm.
Those that mock are in a realm themselves.

The art world is of itself a world. There has always been those few that invest and own pricless pieces of art.
Think of it as one man's investment in art as opposed to another man's investment in a hockey team or basketball team.
Those owners of those teams are in a realm too.

Then you have public curators of government art galleries spending spending millions on pieces the ordinary bloke just does not have a chance at comprehending.
Have a look here and ask yourself is the right thing for our government to spend this amount of cash on. Realize it is but one piece of thousands .

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Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post

you ain't.


the real 1% be mocking everybody man.

May I use this as my epitaph.
good one locutus.
keep em coming
 
EagleSmack
+1
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Quote: Originally Posted by Count_LothianView Post

Have a look here and ask yourself is the right thing for our government to spend this amount of cash on. Realize it is but one piece of thousands .

Voice of Fire - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Did... did you just call me Mr. Wiki in another thread!?!?!


Quote: Originally Posted by Count_LothianView Post

Ha mr Wiki here asks for The Count to pick up a book.
.


Yes you did!


Too easy.
 
petros
#4


As$ Gas or Grass

Nobody Rides For Free
 

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