René Magritte would be proud.
Just hours before the end of the potato salad Kickstarter last night, an eBay auction purporting to sell a framed screenshot from the message board 4chan finished with a winning bid of $90,900. The screenshot is, fittingly, of a post questioning the value of art.
“Art used to be something to cherish,” the original anonymous 4chan poster wrote on Wednesday. “Now literally anything could be art. This post is art.”
Bidding for “Artwork by Anonymous” started at $500 and, 36 hours later, had surpassed $10,000. A combination of human and automatic bids steadily pushed the price higher and higher on Friday to nearly $100,000.
A slap in the face to more laborious artworks? Probably not. Commenters in this Reddit thread seem pretty convinced that the bids are “fake,” saying that bidders can elect after the end of the auction to just not pay, or the seller can call off the auction by not shipping the framed artwork.
At the time of this writing, an even more meta eBay auction of a framed screenshot of the original screenshot auction is going for $2.75.
(Hat tip: artnet).