If you were hoping to snag a sculpture of Adolf Hitler—World War 2-era German dictator and murderous, crazed motherfucker—well, we probably don’t have much in common. Also, you can’t have the one pictured above. It sold today for $17.2 million at auction.
There’s an entire, booming segment of the gadget business catering to the wealthy, building ever more elaborate Bluetooth-enabled designer kitchen appliances or whatever. But it’s certainly not a new phenomenon, as this circa-early 1800s jeweled silkworm/still-functional automaton attests.
Today in news that’ll send you into existential panic: A painting of dogs playing poker sold for more money than most of us will ever see at one time.
[London, October 18: A gallery assistant for Sotheby's auction house views artwork by Hassan Hajjaj entitled 'Malicious Look' which is expected to fetch 8,000 GBP in their sale of Contemporary Arab and Iranian art. Image via Getty.]
[New York, May 1. Image via Getty]