Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007 at 5:32 pm in Just Bizarre.
Weâ€™re unabashed Stephen Colbert fans, but his recent â€śStephen Colbert Platinum: Kid$ Editionâ€ť? Classic. Itâ€™s directed toward upper class kids – you know, the ones whose school names end in â€śPrep,â€ť â€śAcademyâ€ť or, says Colbert, their own last name. The ones who loan their high end art collections to premiere museums.
Actually, the pint-sized art collector part is true…
Fellow blogger Sara Steffens wrote earlier this week about a 4-year-old artist whose paintings fetched thousands of dollars and bewitched gallery owners. But the Wall Street Journal says youngsters have entered the collector market too. Collectors such as 9-year-old Dakota King are snapping up â€śhigh end pieces,â€ť including works by Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Pissarro and Rembrandt. The WSJ calls it a collision of â€śthe art boom, the wealth boom and the Baby Einstein approach to parenting.â€ť
We call it astonishing. While we forget to give our kids allowances (or hand them IOUs written on yellow Post-Its), these kids are getting $5,000 “art allowances” so they can save up to buy the next Warhol. It never dawned on us to make our kids put those post-its toward a Monet…
- Jackie Burrell