Tuesday, November 20

Huge price for artwork created by a computer

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Portrait of Edmond de Belamy was conceived by a trio of 25-year-old Parisians who call themselves Obvious.

A portrait created by a computer has been sold for $432500 (almost R6.3 million) – nearly 45 times its high estimate – as Christie’s made this month a noteworthy month in the history of art by becoming the first auction house to sell a work created by an algorithm.

The brainchild of artificial intelligence, Portrait of Edmond de Belamy was conceived by a trio of 25-year-old Parisians who call themselves Obvious.

They feed a computer historic data about art and great artists using algorithms – and the computer then interprets and collates the information to come up with new portraits. 

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