8 Most Expensive Pieces of Terrible Art

Cars, homes, and passport stamps are every billionaire’s favorite collection items. The mega-rich spend millions on their exquisite homes, rare cars, and all-inclusive vacations, and understandably so. Who doesn’t want a huge house and a huge staff to clean it while you’re driving your luxury car to the airport for the next exotic vacation?

While these filthy rich splurges are understandable, billionaires don’t always blow their money on the most sensible purchases. Unquestionably, the most perplexing ways the mega-rich spend their money is on art. We don’t mean good art, though. We mean really, really weird and terrible art. But what are these terrible pieces and exactly how much cash did someone pay for them?

Blood Red Mirror by Gerhard Richter: $1.1 Million

Gerhard Richter is one of the most well-known contemporary artists in the world. Don’t forget that “contemporary artist” phrase, because you will be seeing it a lot in this list. His paintings are hailed as being controversial and go for millions of dollars every time he sells them. Sounds like this is probably a great piece of art, right?

Wrong. This canvas is literally one color. Just one, crimson red color. This painting is unique because for the low, low price of around 40 bucks you can actually make it yourself. Step one is to grab a canvas, step two is to paint it crimson red. Bam, we just saved you a million dollars.



Artist’s Sh*t by Piero Manzoni: $173,000

There’s no need to rack your brain for this one. This art piece is literally a can of Piero Manzoni’s feces, canned in 1961. Amazingly, this work of art is actually a series of 90 poo cans.  The last time one of these tiny tins was sold at auction, it fetched an incredible $173,000.

I doubt anyone is brave enough to open it to see if it actually contains human feces. Not because it’s gross, but because it would seriously devalue this “art.”

Peinture (Le Chien) by Joan Miro: $2.2 Million

This painting is really beyond description. We don’t mean it’s breathtaking and beyond words. We really just have absolutely no clue what is going on in this piece of art.

The only thing we can decipher from the title is that this painting is supposed to include a dog, but the subject looks more like an anteater attached to a seal. What is he looking at? Is it the abyss? Your guess is as good as ours.


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