We all have those hipster friends who love to educate us on art. "Anything can be art, as long as it makes you feel something blah blah blah," they say. I'm sorry, but we're of the belief you should most definitely not pay a large sum of money for "art" printed from the Internet. And definitely not if it's simply a screenshot of an online chat.
Nonetheless, Artwork by Anonymous sold just that. After framing a screenshot of a chat on one of 4chan's messageboards, they sold the art for $90,900 on eBay. It reads: "Art used to be something to cherish / Now literally anything could be art / This post is art." Anonymous probably just logged online, took a screenshot and used a color printer. That was all. And he/she is getting more than $90,000 for it.
We could come up with a million better ways to use this money. Donating to a charity. Buying a few Hermès bags. Starting your children's college fund. Taking a beautiful vacation.
Unfortunately for whoever purchased the art, it was "sold with no refunds accepted." Additionally (and lucky for the purchaser!) the screenshot "will be shipped in a frame for convenience." Oh, joy!
Unless the online chat is printed on silk and framed with pure gold, $90,900 seems like a ridiculous amount of money to pay for a screenshot…Especially one with a starting price of $500. As in, people fought over the item enough to raise its price over NINETY THOUSAND DOLLARS.
Honestly, what has the world come to?