Pablo Picasso’s Boy with a Pipe (the link is broadband with audio and video; here is a lower tech image) is on the auction block at Sotheby’s, this Wednesday evening. Some analysts expect the painting to go for at least $100 million, an all-time record. The Whitney family bought that same picture in 1950 for $30,000.
Are you thinking of bidding? Well, what else could you buy with $100 million?
One new opera house in downtown Toronto
15,625 pounds (or 7,087 kilograms) of gold
One six-album recording contract with Whitney Houston
Four years of ball-playing by New York Yankees star third baseman Alex Rodriguez
One Adam Sandler movie, including production and marketing costs
1.5 million hepatitis-B vaccines for children in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia
One day of Iraqi occupation by U.S. forces