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4Chan Circlejerk Goes to eBay, Anonymous Screenshot ‘Sells’ for $90K

by Hrag Vartanian on August 4, 2014

The infamous 4chan post that reputedly sold for $90,050. (via eBay)

The 4chan post that reputedly sold for $90,900 (via eBay)

Whether or not you consider the 4Chan post that recently sold for $90,900 art or not, it has certainly become the latest source of frenzy over the limits of commodification — or was it just a major troll on the click-hungry media? I vote the latter, since it was probably all a joke.

Over the weekend, Recode mentioned that it all went even more “meta” when the “eBay auction of a framed screenshot of the original screenshot auction [was] going for $2.75.” When I checked last night, the item was up to $50,000 (photo of item below):

Buy an image the ebay item? (via eBay)

Buy an image of the ebay item? (via eBay)

But like everything on the web, don’t worry if you missed it the first time around, because it will be reblogged, reposted, resold … oh wait, never mind.

Now there’s a 3rd generation version of the same work:

The eBay item featuring the eBay post of the eBay item selling a 4chan post as art. (via eBay)

The eBay item featuring the eBay post of the eBay item selling a 4chan post as art. (via eBay)

A critique of the 2nd generation work as art:

More meta (via eBay)

More meta (via eBay)

Or if you’re already nostalgic for the “original” then there’s this vintage item:

A vintage version (via eBay)

A vintage version (via eBay)

And the “making of” the original listing:

The making of the original post (via eBay)

The making of the original post (via eBay)

Hell, I even put this blog post on eBay (so BID!):

Me cashing in? (via eBay)

Me cashing in? (via eBay)

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  • Cat Weaver

    REal artists say “this is NOT art” and then sell it as art.

    • Excellent point. Now did you bid on my artwork?

      • Cat Weaver

        I “bid” on it!

  • Guest

    REAL artists say “This is NOT art” and then sell it as art. Sell this.

  • Don Edler

    Real artists never say “this is NOT art.”

  • pinktutuandabutterflynet

    Scam Art has become an art in itself. It inspires outrage, scorn, laughter, etc. All these emotions. “What? You bought THAT for WHAT??!!?”

    Isn’t that what art is supposed to do? Evoke emotions?

  • 3338070

    $90,000?? Wow…Too bad it’s not “art” to donate to Doctors Without Borders or War Child.

  • Daniel G. Lozano

    Hrag just wanted to write ‘circlejerk’. Dudebro loves those daisy chains

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