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A non-existent work of art sold for 15,000 euros at auction


Italian visual artist Salvatore Garau specializes in "the art of the void", which is surprisingly lucrative.

15,000 euros for ... nothing.

An Italian artist, Salvatore Garau, sold a non-existent work of art at auction.




Io sono


“I am”

) was sold on May 18 during a sale organized by the Milanese house Art-Rite, specializing in contemporary art.

As reported by the Catalan media

El Nacional

, the price was set at 6,000 euros, but after the bidding of several potential buyers, one of them - who remains anonymous - bought

Io sono

15,000 euros.

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According to the Sardinian artist, the space that will host the work must obey several criteria: it must be an empty room in an independent house, the center of which must be free of any object so that it can be placed there.

Io sono


The work, which measures 1.5 square meters, will be delimited by a strip stuck to the ground.

The buyer does not have to take any action to receive this invisible creation, the only document that will be given to him is a certificate of guarantee and authenticity.

Void artist

Salvatore Garau, 67, claims to be an artist of the void.

He invokes philosophy and religion to justify the exorbitant price of this work, which only exists since he has decreed it.

“The vacuum is nothing other than a space filled with energies and even if we empty it, according to the principle of the uncertainty of Heisenberg, the vacuum has a weight

, he pleads.

In this he has an energy which condenses and turns into particles, which are in us.

And after all, aren't we giving a face to a God we've never seen? ”

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Starting from the observation that emptiness can surprisingly be lucrative, this artist is not at his first attempt. His invisible sculpture

Buddha in contemplation

was exhibited in the center of Piazza de la Scala in Milan. A very busy place where many could imagine the work, failing to be able to truly contemplate any deity. The only thing ordinary people could perceive from these creations was the white duct tape stuck to the floor. What delimits the air (e) composing the work.

Source: lefigaro

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