How much would you pay for a Dino? Although this sub-brand was supposed to offer lower-cost alternatives to more expensive Ferraris, a 246 GTS model with "chairs and flares" can fetch big bucks. The later, more angular 308 GT4 is less desirable, but the one above just sold for $250,000. Oh, and it's a complete wreck – an absolute write-off, as you can see. So how did it fetch a quarter million when it wouldn't be worth that much in pristine condition? Because this is art.

"Objet trouvé", to be specific, the French term for a common object elevated to a work of art. That's the way it ended up displayed by celebrated French artist Bertrand Lavier and the Galerie Yvon Lambert at the Foire Internationale d'Art Contemporain (FIAC) art fair at the Grand Palais in Paris last week, where an unnamed Turkish collector paid the landmark price. Let's hope he's not planning on restoring it, because it's apparently worth more totaled.


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      RedEmblem
      • 1 Year Ago
      1. Buy an old sports car for cheap 2. Roll it over 3. Sell it as "modern art" 4. ???? 5. Profit!!!!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RedEmblem
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      JaredN
      • 1 Year Ago
      The best con is one where the mark never realizes he was conned.
      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      There's artistry, and then there's con-artistry. Make certain you know which one you are dealing with... Regardless, if this were real art I would expect a bit more. Like maybe a fake dead body, some bullet holes, fake skid marks, fake drugs, etc. You know, a full crime scene instead of random uninspired junk. This reminds me of the "art" from the movie The Intouchables.
      bleexeo
      • 1 Year Ago
      "There's a sucker born every minute." -- P.T. Barnum
      rollie
      • 1 Year Ago
      PLEASE have the buyer contact me as soon as possible. A recycler nearby has tons of "ART" for sale, and for a small fee I WILL BROKER ALL ART SALES !
      JohnM
      • 1 Year Ago
      Here is how to tell if something is art. Can you do it as an "untalented" individual? If yes, it is not art. If no, then it is art. Fin
      jonnybimmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      I appreciate a lot of art and try to go to as many art museums/galleries as I can, supporting my favorite artists when I can and enjoy being involved with the culture with a lot of my friends who make a living with their talents. (painting, photography, sculpting, etc.) That said, there's a lot of [crappy] "art" out there, and this is no exception. It's been done many times before, though often the artist puts in the effort to alter it a bit. This required little more than regurgitating the same message previous artists used and giving it a wash down before putting it up on a podium with an inflated price tag. I mean, credit where credit is due, someone was able to legally sell a wrecked and insignificant car for a quarter of million dollars. But IMO, this sort of thing is as "artsy" as the used beer bottles in my recycling bin.
      xspeedy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Uh, no. That is just a wrecked car.
        Skean
        • 1 Year Ago
        @xspeedy
        Agreed, a fool and his money soon parted.
      Vien Huynh
      • 1 Year Ago
      I see this kind of art one in a while on the interstate....
      Leather Bear
      • 1 Year Ago
      While I was on vacation in Chicago a few years ago, I was visiting the Museum of Contemporary Art during a big Jeff Koons exhibition. Upon turning a corner in the exhibit space, imagine my surprise when I saw a duplicate of my 30+ year old Hoover Celebrity canister vacuum (http://classconnection.s3.amazonaws.com/3/flashcards/860003/png/hooover-13F1395AF4B4969944D.png) mounted on the wall as a piece of modern sculpture. I bought the Hoover in the late '70s for about $100 (still have it, and it still works great), but I'll bet the equivalent Jeff Koons Signature Edition is probably worth more than the Ferrari featured in the article
      JJ
      • 1 Year Ago
      starnge how it is with classic cars on both ends, if it has very low milage it becomse valuable and if has been left in a shed for half a century of totaled in this case it becomes even more valuble but undrivable in all cases , where normal milage and usable ones are worth much less.
        JaredN
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JJ
        And now the trend seems to be to leave it as a barn find, looking like crap. The older I get, the fewer things I seem to understand.
      Basil Exposition
      • 1 Year Ago
      To me this is far more interesting to look at than any painting for the same price.
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