£50Million For An Orange!

£50Million For An Orange!An anonymous collector has paid a record £53.8 million for Mark Rothko's 1961 painting called Orange.

That makes perfect sense to me. If I'd just spent that much money on a coloured-in frame I think I'd ask to stay anonymous too.

It's not the most money wasted on something Orange. I once went on holiday and used roaming on my contract mobile phone.

If you have never seen it before it's two orange blobs on a red background, and I think what the artist was really trying to do with this piece is show how subtle differences can cause vast contrast. Or he was trying to finish up a job lot of orange paint. Either way.

So, £53.8 million for that, and only last week Edvard Munch's 1895 version of The Scream set a new overall world auction record after selling for £74 million. £74 million to make one of your rooms look like every student's bedroom.

I was reminded of The Scream, not because of its price tag but because that's the face I pulled when I heard about how much Rothko's Orange went for.

The Orange painting was created in 1962, only a few weeks before the artist died at the age of 34.

It is such a shame that he died so young. If he lived a little longer he might have finished it. It was a design that really could've caught on.

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