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    • Parents are getting tattoos of their children's doodles, and they're adorable.
    • It's a way of embracing their child's art and self-expression. 

    There are different ways to embrace your children's artwork. You can hang it on the fridge, or clip it into photo albums. Or you can etch it into your skin.

    Yup, parents are getting tattoos of their children's doodles.

    One parent, Craig Sears, covered his entire left arm with the drawings of his son, Parker, who has autism.

    "This is the way he copes with things; this is how he gets through life," Sears told CTV News. "And people love [the tattoos]. People look at it and it’s just touching to people."

    And it's far from the only example. On Twitter, people shared photos of tattoos designed by the kids in their families.

    "People keep photo albums,"parent Erica Hind told CTV News. "This is my photo album."

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    • Designed in collaborations with renowned designer Yves Béhar, Samsung created the most beautiful TV ever — The Frame.
    • The Frame 4K Ultra HD TV from Samsung is mounted on the wall like a frame, and when it's not being used it transforms into an actual work of art by displaying a wide array paintings, prints, and photos.
    • Now through May 12, you can save $400 on 55" and 65" models on Samsung's website.

    Samsung is the leader in creating high definition displays for devices across the tech industry. With an already vast line up of products ranging from TVs and smartphones to computers and tablets, the tech giant created the most beautiful display ever — and it's not just about resolution and streaming quality.

    Designed in collaboration with renowned designer Yves Béhar, The Frame 4K Ultra HD TV from Samsung hangs on the wall like a picture frame and displays works art when not being used. Unlike bulky home entertainment systems of the past, The Frame TV essentially disappears in plain sight by going into Art Mode.

    Samsung's Art Store features more than 600 pieces from established artists and galleries from all over the world. You can also upload your own photos for a more personal display in your space.

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    While the beautiful design and display options is what makes The Frame special, you'll still find all the smart features you've come expect from a modern TV. With wireless connectivity, streaming app like Netflix and Hulu, a full web browser, and a Smart Hub, the it functions just as good as it looks.

    Now through May 12, you can automatically $400 on 55" and 65" models on Samsung. Originally priced at $1,999.99 or $2,799.99 respectively, the discount brings the cost closer to stardard 4K Ultra HD TVs.

    Whether you're redesigning your home to be modern and stylish or searching for the ultimate Mother's Day gift, this is a deal you won't want to pass by.

    Shop all Samsung The Frame 4K Ultra HD TV now.

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    • An art gallery in France has discovered that half of its collection is fake.
    • The Terrus museum in Elne France, dedicated to the works of Étienne Terrus, found 82 works from its collection had been incorrectly attributed to the artist.
    • The mayor of the Pyrenees town called the situation "a disaster".


    A French museum dedicated to the works of painter Etienne Terrus has discovered a significant number of paintings thought to be his were fakes.

    The Terrus museum in Elne, in the south of France, discovered 82 works from its collection had been incorrectly attributed to the artist.

    According to the BBC, more than half of the collection was fake - dwindling in value from their original prince of £140,000.

    Staff at the museum said they were not aware of the forgeries until a visiting art historian informed them.

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    The collection of paintings, drawings and watercolours was built over a two-decade period. The shocking news announced on Friday as the museum opened following a renovation.

    In an interview on Friday, Yves Bariol, mayor of the Pyrenees town, called the situation "a disaster" and apologised to those who had previously visited the museum.

    Local police are investigating the case, which they say could affect other regional artists.

    Terrus was born in 1857 and died in 1922 in Elne. He was a close friend of the painter Henri Matisse.

    SEE ALSO: Italy: Modigliani art exhibit found to be full of fakes

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    • Conceptual artist and photographer Kevin Abosch recently sold a blockchain-inspired artwork called "YELLOW LAMBO" for $400,000.
    • The artwork is inspired by the hashtag #lambo, which is often used in cryptocurrency forums online. 

     

    Kevin Abosch's technology-inspired artwork and photography challenge the traditional perceptions of value.

    In 2016, Abosch sold a photograph of a potato for more than $1 million.

    In February, a group of 10 collectors purchased his virtual artwork "Forever Rose" for $1 million in cryptocurrency.

    And just last week, Abosch sold another digitally-inspired artwork called "YELLOW LAMBO" to former Skype COO Michael Jackson at the San Francisco art fair "If so, What" for $400,000  more than the starting price of an actual Lamborghini.

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    The artwork is composed of 42 inline alphanumerics in yellow neon representing the blockchain contract address for a crypto token called YLAMBO, which Abosch also created. Abosch named the artwork after the hashtag #lambo, which cryptocurrency enthusiasts often use in online forums. 

    "When I first became aware of the use of #lambo on social media, it struck me as vulgar," Abosch told Business Insider. "But the more I thought about it, I realized that it's actually just a declaration acknowledging the insanity around the crypto zeitgeist."

    The coveted Italian luxury car is a prized commodity in the cryptocurrency community, and in recent years, it's become a symbol for easy, cryptocurrency-acquired affluence. It's the Lamborghini's symbolic trappings that inspired Abosch to create a conceptual artwork which he describes as a meditation on value. 

    "Depending on who you speak to, one person might ask, 'Why would someone spend $400,000 on bitcoin?' Another person might ask, 'Why would someone spend $400,000 on a car or a piece of artwork?'" said Abosch. "It's a cause for discussion on why and how we value anything at all."

    After Abosch sold his blockchain artwork "Forever Rose" earlier this year for what is thought to be the largest sum ever paid for a piece of virtual art ("Forever Rose" is an ethereum-based token called ROSE that's inspired by a photograph Abosch took of an actual rose), Absoch said he received several confused inquiries regarding the nature of the piece. 

    "There is no physical or visual manifestation of the work," said Abosch. "Someone asked me, 'How is it possible that something that you can't see or touch can have value?" Abosch's answer: "I have to wonder whether or not people who ask this question have an unhealthy relationship with material things."

    In May, Abosch will present another blockchain-inspired artwork at the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg.

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    While some people struggle to draw a convincing stick figure, others can create magnificent works of art without batting an eye.

    Sushant Rane, a 21-year-old artist based in Mumbai, India, falls into the latter camp. Rane told INSIDER that he has been drawing his whole life but got serious about honing his craft four years ago.

    He works with different materials like colored pencils, watercolors, and pastels to create realistic drawings that appear to jump off the page. And while his drawings often go viral for their accuracy, Rane said that he is constantly working to improve as an artist.

    "As a self-taught artist, I'm learning a lot from my mistakes and experimenting, which helps me to improve my skills and work," he said.

    One of Rane's favorite projects to work on is a series of drawings of household objects that appear to be 3-D.

    Take a look at some of his favorite pieces:

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    • A British man has been accused of destroying a multi-million dollar painting in Aspen, Colorado.
    • Surveillance footage shows a man calmly walk into a gallery, head toward the painting, and cut it twice.
    • Police have named Nicholas Morley, whose dad owns the painting, as their suspect.
    • Watch it below.


    A British man has been accused of slashing a multimillion-dollar painting in an art gallery in Aspen, Colorado, last year.

    Surveillance footage from May 1, 2017, showed a bearded man in a hat and sunglasses saunter into the Opera Gallery, lay down a plank to block the doors from shutting fully, head straight toward the painting, then slash the its bottom-right corner twice.

    The whole operation took about 15 seconds, The Aspen Times reported, citing an unidentified gallery employee who was there at the time but couldn't stop him.

    The painting — "Untitled 2004" by Christopher Wool — is valued at $2.95 million (£2.2 million).

    Aspen Police last week identified Nicholas Morley, a 40-year-old British businessman, as the perpetrator. He has been charged with felony criminal mischief and a Colorado judge has issued a warrant for his arrest.

    Morley flew from London to Denver with a false name a day before the slashing, rented a car from the airport, and flew back to London two days after committing the crime, The Aspen Times reported, citing court documents.

    Gregory Lahmi, the gallery's owner, last year reported three calls from an unidentified man with a "slight British accent" asking questions including whether the Wool painting was being exhibited, whether Lahmi was alone, how one could enter the gallery, and whether its front door was closed.

    Court documents also revealed that Morley's father, Harold, owned the $3 million painting through a holding company in Barbados that traded art.

    Days after the slashing, Harold Morley told the gallery the artwork could be "easily restored" and asked the gallery's manager to "defuse any idea that the painting is destroyed or even devalue."

    Nicholas Morley was convicted in 2007 by a Macedonian court of "endangering traffic, leading to death" after a Porsche he was driving collided with another car, killing an elderly couple inside it.

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    • Artist and illustrator Andhika Muksin  Photoshops iconic Disney characters into live-action movie screencaps, paparazzi photos of celebrities, and more.
    • The self-described "Disney dork" has over 69,000 followers on Instagram and Facebook combined.
    • Muksin told INSIDER that he started creating these digital collages two years ago, as a "therapeutic" side project.
    • Take a closer look at his playful work below.


    Artist and illustrator Andhika Muksin has a growing fan base online thanks to his Disney-inspired collages.

    Muksin, who is based in Jakarta, Indonesia, Photoshops iconic Disney princesses and villains alike into live-action movie screencaps, paparazzi photos of celebrities, and more. The artist also sometimes does the reverse, Photoshopping celebrities' faces onto the bodies of animated characters.

    The result is a playful and trippy body of work: Muksin's collages defy your expectations in the best way, making you do a double take as you scroll down his Instagram and Facebook feeds.

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    The self-described "Disney dork" told INSIDER that he's been in love with the company's work since he received an "Alice in Wonderland" VHS tape for his seventh birthday. After he graduated from college in the early 2000s, Muksin spent some time creating artwork in various styles and mediums, experimenting with everything from clays and steels to jewelry and acrylic paints.

    But when his career path shifted two years ago, Muksin finally got a chance to marry his love for both Disney and art. 

    "I was no longer in a position where I could produce art full time, so I started creating collages for fun," he said. "It was therapeutic for me after a long day in the office."

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    For Muksin, these collages are also a nostalgic return to his youth.

    "Recreating these beloved characters in more contemporary situations has become a way [for] my childhood icons to grow up with me," he explained.

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    While Muksin may be best known online for his Disney-inspired artwork, he first went viral back in 2014, when Lupita Nyong'o shared one of his digital paintings — a depiction of Nyong'o's character Patsey from "12 Years a Slave"— on her Instagram.

    "That simple repost gave me an audience," he said. "That's when I realized that I have thousands of strangers following me on Instagram, and they're all waiting for my next piece. [...] I can't thank Lupita enough."

    Driven to "keep creating," the artist said his audience grew again in 2017 when his work was picked up by BuzzFeed, Mashable, Teen Vogue, and more. Muksin, who currently has over 69,000 followers on Instagram and Facebook combined, told INSIDER he was "shook" and "very grateful" for the exposure.

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    Muksin has since been able to connect with people all over the world, which he said has changed how he perceives and creates his collages. He brought up one of his pieces, which shows Prince Eric from "The Little Mermaid" and Prince Phillip from "Sleeping Beauty" embracing (as seen below), as an example.

    "Some people personally sent me [direct messages] just to thank me for creating" this collage, the artist told INSIDER. "Because to them, the 'bromance' promotes acceptance, so it really touches me when people see it that way."

    He continued: "Some collages have different meanings for people. And having a bigger audience allows me to understand this diversity of reactions a little bit better."

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    Muksin said he sometimes gets criticized by people who claim that what he does "is not art"— that "it's too simple to be called art." But at the end of the day, he told INSIDER, he's "not trying to be the next Picasso or Andy Warhol"— he just wants to "bring a smile" to people's faces.

    "I make these collages just for fun," he said. "I'm happy to make people happy you know, that's the best feeling ever."

    When asked if he has any advice for new artists, Muksin said to "fall in love with what you do" and "be consistent" with that passion.

    "Sometimes the situation won't allow you to practice as you'd like, but see it as the universe trying to tell you something" he said. "Take cues from it, learn from it, and use what you learned to expand your artistic capabilities."

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    • Ariana Grande attended the Met Gala for the first time on Monday night.
    • The theme was Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination.
    • She took the theme seriously and wore a dress that was covered in the same design as the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
    • Fans think she might be the next Met Gala theme queen.


    Ariana Grande attended the Met Gala on Monday and she brought one of the night's best looks. Keeping in line with this year's theme, which was Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination, the "No Tears Left to Cry" singer showed up wearing a dress covered in the same design as the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

    She paired her instantly iconic gown, which was designed by Vera Wang, with an updo perched on the crown of her head à la her signature ponytail hairdo. As far as makeup goes, the singer took things to the next level with sharp winged eyeliner and a glowing highlight.

    Although it was her first Met Gala appearance, Grande walked the Met steps like an old pro.

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    People are absolutely living for her ensemble.

    In a turn of events, some people think Grande might have dethroned Rihanna as the theme queen of the event— for this year, at least.

    And while it's not a competition by any means, Grande truly made her first Met Gala outfit one to remember.

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    • Mark Ulriksen is an artist who has been called "maybe the most prolific painter and illustrator in San Francisco."
    • He usually works in acryclic and gouache paint, but last October, he started creating art on an iPad Pro. 
    • He says he picked up digital art because it "seems like that's what the art buying public is looking for."
    • He also walks us through some of the flexibility advantages digital art has for working illustrators. 

    Even if you don't know who Mark Ulriksen is, you've probably seen his work.

    His "gracefully awkward" art has graced several magazine covers, including a widely praised New Yorker cover featuring Martin Luther King kneeling with Colin Kaepernick from earlier this year

    But despite his success in the field with pen and paint, recently he's taken up a new challenge: Drawing with an iPad.

    markulriksen (1)"I'm technologically illiterate and I'm still trying to learn how to paint," the San Francisco-based artist joked.

    "But I really wanted to eventually work digitally because it seems like that's what the art buying public is looking for in the world of illustration these days, and I like the speed of it," he said. 

    Ulriksen is just one of a new batch of professional artists who have embraced tablets like Apple's iPad and its Pencil stylus to make illustrations easier, faster, and more ready for the computers and screens most art is consumed on these days.

    There was also a professional reason: the world is going digital. 

    "For almost 20 years I did inside work for The New Yorker as well and then Condé Nast got a new creative director and it was out with the old in with the new and the new is all digital art," Ulriksen said. "So almost all the The New Yorker art these days save for a couple of people, it's digital."

    So he ended asking some friends what he should get, and last October, he ended up buying an iPad Pro, Apple's $100 Pencil stylus, an app called Procreate, and started playing around. 

    As soon as he started experimenting with digital art, he found out that a lot of the techniques he admired from a distance were actually pretty easy to pull off. 

    "When I would see digital work in a publication, I go, 'how do they do that, how do they get that that texture, how do they get the splatter? How they get it to look so, you know, rough and tumble, because you know because I don't know how to do that as a painter so well," he said. 

    After experimenting with every brush in Procreate, he had his answer. 

    "And so all of a sudden it's like, it's the brushes! That's how they do it. There's texture brushes and there's splatter brushes and there's paint roller brushes," Ulriksen said. "Now I've learned that secret."

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    Victory cardOne of his first projects with digital art is a series of "victory cards." Every time the San Francisco Giants win, he recreates an old-school Topps baseball card in his signature style.

    It's the continuation of a series that he stared back in 2014 — only back then, it was on ink and paper. 

    "The season's coming up, why don't I redo the Giants baseball card idea but now I can do it in color and I can also use it as an exercise to try to learn this tool," Ulriksen said.

    Since he already had some drawings from before, his process was a streamlined. He take a photo of his old work with the iPad, changes the opacity to make it lighter, and then makes a new layer and draws on top of it. "I've already got my black and white drawing and now it's just a matter of rendering it in color," he said. 

    He uses the opportunity to experiment with texture, with focus, and with making hyper-flat images. He's also found that adapting work or making changes on the fly is much easier digitally than with paper or paint. "You do a painting you're kind of committed to the painting," he said. 

    "I want to make it look like this is in shadow. I'm not really good at that as a painter. But with the iPad it's just like I'll just make it more of a transparent layer," he continued. 

    Another advantage to digital art is that it makes follow-up pieces much more economical for working artists. Ulriksen recenly did a full-page piece for Mother Jones, but at the last moment, the art director realized the magazine needed a horizontal version for the website. 

    "What might have taken a few days to do (with a smidgen more money and even less desire) instead took a little over an hour. I copied the art, placed it in the requested format and then added to the background," Ulriksen said. 

    Check out some of his work below: 

    Here's his most recent card. One of the cool things about Procreate is that it lets Ulriksen create time lapse images of his process.

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    Some victory cards can take over two hours to complete; others can be completed in about 40 minutes. 



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    • Wall Street titan Bill Gross has apparently been outsmarted by his ex-wife.
    • Sue Gross, who was married to Bill Gross for 31 years, managed to swap one of the couple's jointly owned Picasso paintings with a fake that she had created. 
    • Sue Gross was awarded the painting, which hung in their home in Laguna Beach, in the divorce settlement, but admitted to taking it several months before. 
    • It is now up for auction at Sotheby's with an estimate of $25-35 million.

    Bill Gross' wife is much savvier than her ex-husband might have realized. 

    According to the New York Post, Sue Gross, who filed for divorce at the end of 2016 after 31 years of marriage, fooled her ex-husband into thinking he was sleeping in the presence of a Picasso painting for several months after she swapped the priceless piece of art for a fake she had created herself. 

    The painting, which is a 1932 Picasso entitled "Le Repos," is coming up for auction at Sotheby's New York on Monday, with an estimate of $25-35 million

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    The painting in question was jointly owned by the couple but was awarded to Sue Gross during the divorce settlement in August 2017. When Bill Gross came to arrange for it to be shipped to his ex-wife's home, she informed him that that wouldn't be necessary. 

    During a testimony several months later, she admitted to taking the painting but claimed that Bill had told her to "take all the furniture and art that you'd like," the Post reported. 

    "Well, you didn't take it and leave an empty spot on the wall, though, did you?” Bill Gross' lawyers asked.

    "You replaced it with a fake?" they added.

    Sue Gross reportedly removed the original painting and replaced it with a replica that she had created herself. According to the Post, she swiped a seven-foot, 300-pound rabbit sculpture as well.

    Bill Gross is worth a reported $2.5 billion and is known as a legendary investor on Wall Street.

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    • Mondays can be hard.
    • These pictures of poorly drawn cats will make your day better.
    • Ainars, a cat owner and the man behind the Daily Purrr Instagram, told INSIDER that he just wants to make people smile.


    Cats, to put it simply, are the best. As everyone knows, nothing quite solves a case of the Mondays (or the Any Days) like a cute, fluffy cat.

    And, wouldn't you know it, there's an Instagram for that.

    Enter: Daily Purrr, an Instagram that brings "stupid cat drawings" to your feed on a daily basis. Ainars, a 30-year-old graphic designer from Rezekne, Latvia, turned his passion for cats into a project. 

    "I tried a lot of different concepts and ideas. After a lot of failed attempts and projects, I came up with the idea to draw silly and stupid cat drawings just for fun," he told INSIDER.  

    Although Ainars personally owns two cats, most of his work is based on pictures that his followers submit. He creates his minimalist drawings in Photoshop.  

    "The main idea behind Daily Purrr is to make people smile every day at least for a little moment," he said. 

    Take a look at some of his most adorable creations — and make sure to swipe for the full effect!

    In cats we trust.

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    • On Tuesday, artist Felix d'Eon‏ accused Target of "stealing" one of his designs and putting it on a t-shirt. 
    • "Is this how you support the queer Latinx community, @Target, by stealing the art of a gay Mexican artist?" d'Eon tweeted. 
    • As of Wednesday morning, Target had pulled the t-shirt from its website — but had not publicly responded or apologized. 

     

    Target is under fire after selling — then pulling — a t-shirt that appears to use a piece of art without the creator's permission. 

    "Target stole a design of mine and printed it on a tshirt,"  artist Felix d'Eon‏ tweeted late on Tuesday. "Is this how you support the queer Latinx community, @Target , by stealing the art of a gay Mexican artist? I'm curious to hear what you have to say!" 

    On Wednesday, when Business Insider went to view the "Pride Adult Short Sleeve Igualdad T-Shirt" on the retailer's online store, Target's website said that the product was "currently unavailable."

    A cached version of the site shows the t-shirt being sold for $12.99. The description reads: "Pride T-shirt lets you show your support for the LGBTQ+ community."

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    D'Eon is selling a print that looks strikingly similar to the t-shirt design on his Etsy site for $60

    Neither D'Eon nor Target immediately responded to Business Insider's request for comment. 

    This isn't the first time that Target has been accused of ripping off artists' designs for products. In 2015, Melissa Lay accused the retailer of copying her #merica t-shirt design without her knowledge. Other retailers, including Urban Outfitters and ModCloth, have also been accused of similar actions in recent years. 

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    • Sotheby's New York broke its own sales record this week when it sold a painting for $157.2 million at auction.
    • The painting is by Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani, titled "Nu couché (sur le côté gauche)."
    • The sale breaks the top 15 most expensive paintings ever sold via auction or private sale.

     

    This week, Sotheby's New York broke its own sales record selling Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani's "Nu couché (sur le côté gauche)" for $157.2 million.

    The work of art is Modigliani's largest piece — measuring 58 inches across, it was a part of his 1917 exhibition that redefined the fine art nude.

    During Monday's Sotheby's auction other historic works were also up for purchase including Picasso's "Le Repos," which sold for $36.9 million, as well as Claude Monet's "Matinée sur la Seine."

    Modigliani's "Nu couché (sur le côté gauche)" breaks the top 15 most expensive paintings ever sold during auctions and private sales, hedging out Gustav Klimt's "Adele Bloch-Bauer II," which sold for $150 million in 2016 during a private sale via Larry Gagosian.

    Below, take a look at the most 15 most expensive paintings that have sold during auctions or via private sales.

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    15. Jackson Pollock's "No. 5, 1948"— $140 million

    Date sold: November 2, 2006

    Price: $140 million

    Type of sale: Private sale via Sotheby's

     



    14. Francis Bacon's "Three Studies of Lucian Freud"— $142.4 million

    Date sold: November 12, 2013

    Price: $142.4 million

    Type of sale: Christie's, New York, auction 



    13. Gustav Klimt's "Adele Bloch-Bauer II"— $150 million

    Date sold: 2016

    Price: $150 million

    Type of sale: Private sale via Larry Gagosian



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    • A simple way to make your home beautiful is to fill it with artwork. However, buying and arranging art isn't so easy. 
    • Minted's free art styling service makes the process less confusing and frustrating by providing you with a stylist who will take a look at your space and decide what art will look best in it.
    • All you have to do is text 415-993-WALL (9255) to have a casual and helpful conversation about your wall art needs and preferences. 
    • The whole process is even more convenient because the stylist will place the art pieces from the final rendering in your Minted cart so they're ready to purchase. 
    • I tried it for myself and would recommend the service to anyone who has trouble deciding what artwork to buy for their walls. 

    Decorating your home with art is intimidating and time-consuming. What colors look good together? Do you start with one piece and work from there or try to attack all the options at once? What about sizes and orientations? And don't even get me started on borders and frames. If your head is already swimming thinking about all these considerations, you probably suffer from design paralysis. 

    Frankly, most of us don't have the eye or the experience to create a wall art arrangement that actually looks good, but to hire a specialist is usually out of our humble budgets. Thankfully, the kind people at Minted, the online marketplace where users vote on and purchase their favorite designs, have the solution — and it's completely free to use. 

    Minted's free art styling service is as easy as texting a friend — a design-savvy friend with experience creating and curating art, that is. The process consists of a few key steps:

    1. Text a picture of your wall to 415-993-WALL (9255) and answer a few simple questions.
    2. Your Minted stylist will send back art recommendations that are suited to your wall. 
    3. They'll then place the corresponding pieces in your Minted account's cart so they're ready to purchase at any time. 

    The professional service simplifies a common dilemma that homeowners have while making the whole process friendly and enjoyable. You don't even have to buy anything in the end if you don't want to. 

    I tried Minted's free art styling service myself to see what it could do for my dreadfully bare apartment walls and loved it through and through. Here's what you can expect when you text a Minted stylist:

    Start by texting a photo of your space to the stylist phone number.

    My bedroom is already filled with posters and photos, so I sent over an image of our living room, the walls of which are a perfectly blank canvas for the stylist to work on. I mentioned I was open to anything, as long as it looked good with our green walls and had some visual variety. 

    In the photo, include your furniture for scale, as well as any current pieces you already have on your wall. Though I didn't do so here, Minted recommends you photograph your wall straight on and capture the entire width and height if possible. 



    Your stylist will reply with a number of art pieces to get a sense of your style.

    My stylist, Kim, initially sent over five options to consider. They ranged from the abstract (colorful, sweeping strokes) to the realistic (a nature macro photo). Based on my selections, she sent over six more options to choose from. 

     



    All of the options were placed in my Minted account under 'Favorites.'

    This way, I didn't have to look up the names myself in order to learn more about the pieces, and I could take my time looking at larger versions on a big screen if I wanted to. 



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