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DEFINED BY SUPPLY AND DEMAND. WHILE THIS BASIC PREMISE OF CAPITALISM IS PART OF THE SYSTEM’S BEAUTY, IS IT EVER POSSIBLE TO JUSTIFY PRICE ON THESE TWO FACTORS ALONE? IN THIS SERIES OF EIGHT STILL LIFE PHOTOGRAPHS – WHETHER AN


OBJECT OF DESIRE, HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE, OR AN INVESTMENT – THE TRUE VALUE OF ITEMS IS BROUGHT INTO QUESTION BY PLACING THEM SIDE BY SIDE.


VAN CLEEF & ARPELS’ “FOLIE DES PRES” NECKLACE – £105,600.00 18 carat yellow/green gold necklace with all around blue sapphires and white diamonds DE, IF VVS (internally flawless).


FAMILY TOMB – ESTIMATED £100,000.00 4 x 4 meter tomb in Pere Lachaise, the most visited cemetery in Paris. Final resting place of Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde.


GUITARS PAINTED BY DAMIEN HIRST – SET OF TWO – £100,000.00 Household high-gloss multicolored paint on bass guitar available in an edition of 50. The item comes in a specially designed hand-spun case, including Exquisite Corpse, a drawing by Damien Hirst and Flea (from Red Hot Chili Peppers); 6 x 6’ framed monochrome butterfly gloss on canvas, a photograph of Hirst and Flea holding the guitar and 20 specially designed plectrums.


THE BAND, MELVINS’, TOUR VAN – £ 94,350.00 ($150,000.00) A tour van formerly used by rock band Melvins, known as the Melvan. Featuring exterior artwork by Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain. Auctioned on eBay. Included are also two former registrations, one signed by Roger Osborne and the second signed by former Melvins bass player Matt Lukin. The winner must pick up the van from Montesano, Washington.


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