The fully digital work “The First 5000 days” by the American artist Mike Winkelmann, known under the pseudonym Beeple, went under the hammer in London for 69.3 million dollars.
Beeple, 39, has been creating The First 5,000 Days, a huge collage of several thousand images, since 2007. Every day for more than 13 years, he added one small detail to this general work. “This is crazy. I think that we are witnessing the writing of a new chapter in the history of painting,” Beeple said after the auction, as quoted by Reuters.
Christie’s stressed that after the auction, Beeple became the third in the list of the most expensive artists of our time, second only to the American Jeff Koons, who created the sculpture “Rabbit” (sold for $ 91.1 million in 2019), and the British David Hockney, who wrote “Portrait of the artist (Pool with two figures)” (sold for $ 90.3 million in 2018).
According to the American magazine Esquire, Winkelmann grew up in North-Fond-du-Lac (Wisconsin) with a population of 5 thousand people. In 2003, he graduated from Purdue University in Indiana, where he received a computer science degree. He took his pseudonym after a stuffed animal that made noises when its nose was touched. Currently, the artist, who collaborated with musicians Justin Bieber and Katy Perry in the design of concert sets, lives in Charleston (South Carolina) with his wife and two children.