While You Were Slaving Away At Work, A Canvas Of A Blue Background And White Line Sold For $44 Million

While You Were Slaving Away At Work, A Canvas Of A Blue Background And White Line Sold For $44 Million
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Yes, you’re in the wrong business. Why? Well, the answer to that is simple.

All you needed to do back in kindergarten was pick up a paintbrush, grab the blue paint and go crazy. An extremely simple painting of a blue line just sold for $44 million!

The painting, titled “Onement VI,” was illustrated by Barnett Newman, an abstract expressionist painter. Newman’s work was sold for a whopping $43.8 million, to be exact, at a Sotheby’s auction.

“Newman overwhelms and seduces the viewer with the totality of its sensual, cascading washes of vibrant blue coexisting with Newman’s vertical ‘Sign’ of the human presence, his iconic and revolutionary ‘zip,’” said Sotheby’s auction house.

The painting measures at 8.5′ x 10′ and was illustrated back in 1953. Check out the photo below for a closer look at Barnett Newman’s “Onement VI.”


The sale of this piece has encouraged others to explore their artistic prowess, and one ambitious man is looking to capitalize on the sale with his own version:

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H/T: Twenty Two Words, Photos Courtesy: Sotheby’s

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Anthony Selden

Anthony is a New York-based writer and a graduate of Johnson & Wales University with a passion for exploring the cooler things in life. Always eager to inform, Anthony is the lifestyle editor at Elite Daily and is knowledgeable about pretty much anything within the walls of awesomeness: from the latest Lamborghini, to the most absurd burgers around. He also enjoys spontaneous skateboarding sessions on New York City's Upper East Side. Much like writing, it's what keeps the guy alive.

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