Price of Art by Petro Wodkins

“Petro Wodkins turned into the shady luxury consultant Petr Fomin, dressed up accordingly, created a fake web site, business cards and a cell phone, even hired a couple of assistants. After setting up meetings with the art dealers he proposed a very lucrative deal. Five to ten million dollars investment in art, the catch was that the buyer was President Rahmon, one of the worst dictators in the world, oppressing Tajikistan for over 20 years. Tajikistan is one of poorest countries in central Asia, one of the most corrupt countries in the world. The question was if the art dealers were willing to sell art to the dictator, agreeing to be be paid from off-shore accounts, leaving no traces to the dictator and help ship the art in a very discreet way.”

INSANE.

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A Palestinian man tortured a mouse that ate his money.

via, arbroath

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Easy Money by Keith Romer

One man’s experience on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

“March Impromptu”

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Hidden within the sheet music of an old German march is possibly a treasure map leading to Nazi Gold.

via, fark

 

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Rise of the Art Insta-Collectors: Buying Big Names They Don’t Even Love by Richard Kirshenbaum

Nirvana Got a $600 Advance on their first album

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Here’s their original contract with Sub Pop

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The Benjamin by Chris Jones

Unless you’re more of a player than we think you are, that new hundred-dollar bill coming this fall won’t wind up in your pocket very often. But it may be America’s most popular export, the most coveted bill in the world. And the story of the new hundred — still made by hand with ancient tools — is the story of American money itself.

Impressive Automobiles

A selection of lots from the ‘Motorcars’ session of Bonham’s Quail Lodge Auction.

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How American Rich Kids Bought Their Way Into the British Elite by Angela Serratore

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The Poorest Rich Kids in the World by Sabrina Rubin Erdely

Why did the heirs to one of the largest fortunes in America grow up horribly neglected and abused?

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The Long Con: How The Manziels Conquered America by Timothy Burke

 

$415,000

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The amount of money a 16-year-old lottery winner spent on cocaine during the first 5 years of her new wealth.

Lose The Weight for Gold

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In Dubai, for every 2.2 lbs of weight you lose, you receive 1 gram of gold.

Moss Suede

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Makr’s new zip slim wallet

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“Austerity Drive”

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The Pope’s new summer whip is a second-generation Ford Focus.

Actual Wealth vs Alleged Wealth

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Newsflash: The majority of rappers boasting about their money are actually not telling the truth at all.

Russian Oligarchs

A portrait of the .00001%

After-Lunchtime Laughter

Markets In Turmoil As Price Of Money Skyrockets To $90 A Dollar

Jay-Z and Nokia Team-Up To Release The Black Album

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Oh wait, that was 10 years ago. Ooooops. Jay-Z and Samsung seal $5 million deal for Magna Carta Holy Grail*.

*Normal data rates apply. Void where prohibited.

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