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We may have been a little hasty when we predicted a depressing art boom.

New York favorite Mark Rothko landed sales as high as $72 million before the troubles—possibly fueled by eccentric advertising executives—but the latest sale couldn’t even pull a measly $10 million bid. That’s even more remarkable given that the painting depicts the gaping emotionless void within us that no light can pierce…so it would seem to have the depressing art market cornered.

Maybe we should hold on those Van Goghs a bit longer.

—R.B.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Russell Brandom