Is This Painting Worth One Dollar Or One Million Dollars?
We have all heard news reports about ridiculous sums of money being paid for various works of fine art, from  hundreds of thousand of dollars right up to the millions.  The question is: how can anyone justify spending such a huge amount of money just for a painting?  Some people would say "Hey, if some billionare wants to spend/waste a few million dollars on a canvas and some paint, that's their business".  Many others though, feel that these prices and the publicity that surrounds them turn the work of art, and works of art in general, into a freak show.  People start to evaluate a painting based not on their intrinsic aesthetic or artistic merits, but on the price that was paid for it.  Nevertheless, record prices are still being paid for paintings all around the world.

Which brings us to our little quiz.  Have a look at each of the paintings below.  Is the painting worth one million dollars or above (that is, what was the last and highest price paid for the painting), or one dollar (based on the fact that the artist was a child, who has never sold a painting)?  Just highlight the text to reveal the answer. (Please allow about 60 seconds for the pictures to load if you are using dial-up..hey, good art takes time!)

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Henri Matisse (1869-1954)
Algue rouge sur fond bleu ciel
Sold for £624,000 (British Pounds)
London, King Street
http://www.christies.com/history/promo_gallery.asp?page=1
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Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944)
DŁnaberg, 1909
Oil on board
Sold for $5,513,235
London, King Street
http://www.christies.com/departments/exceptionalprices.asp?DID=29
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Stanislav Shpanin
Untitled
Age: 11
Not Sold Yet!
Country: Azerbaijan
http://www.theartgallery.com.au/KidsArt.html
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Dora Maar au Chat by Pablo Picasso
Sold for $95.2 million
Sotheby's, New York
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most_expensive_paintings
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Myriah
Untitled
from Haggerty Elementary School - grade 3
United States
Not Sold Yet!

http://www.artsonia.com/museum
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Stuart Davis (1892-1964)
Still Life with Flowers
Oil on canvas
Sold for $3,152,000
New York, Rockefeller Center
http://www.christies.com/departments/exceptionalprices.asp?DID=3
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Jackson Pollock
Number 12, 1949
Sold for $11.65 million
New York, Rockefeller Centre
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/3706313.stm
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