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The Six Million Dollar King

President Abraham Lincoln’s Bible vs. a King Tutankhamun (“Tut”) Bust.

Two pieces of history — each carrying the weight of immense national pride for the individual subject — have interestingly, in recent days, moved in opposite directions for its next prized resting place. The Lincoln Bible has been donated by a private collector, legitimately passed down through generations, to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois.

Conversely, a roughly 3,000-year-old bust of King Tut referred to as “the boy king,” is heading for Christie’s high-end auction block for sale by a private collector. However, the rub is that there is speculation in Egypt that the bust was stolen. Therefore, Christie’s has no right to sell what is viewed by some as a priceless work of art of one of Egypt’s most famous individuals.

Who is right? Christie’s or Cairo?

However you may feel upon reading the following, this actually seems like a question for fictional adventurer and professor of history Indiana Jones or author Dan Brown and his fictional (though based loosely on himself) Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon to resolve.

Or maybe the decision should be up to real art collector and King Tut impression extraordinaire Steve Martin?

Returning back to the real world, Egypt’s only claim appears to be limited to speculation of theft. Still, one has to have sympathy for antiquities professionals in Cairo, like former Egyptian antiquities minister Zahi Hawass, featured in the video above, because of the definitive ambiguity surrounding the sculpture’s origin story. It’s quite difficult to determine a clear right and wrong regarding the near-future ownership of King Tut’s sculpture.

Regardless, the auction took place yesterday at the famous Christie’s auction house, as reported by CBS News.

“A sculpture of King Tut’s head was sold at Christie’s for $6 million Thursday.” 

A prized American treasure of the past, Abraham Lincoln’s Bible is in a museum for all to see while a prized Egyptian treasure of the ancient past, a sculpture of King Tut, will be displayed by a private collector for a restricted audience to witness in awe. This is a fascinating debate on public ownership vs. private ownership and the ever-changing value of art inside the debate of perception vs. reality.

As the legal adage goes, “possession is nine-tenths of the law.”

Unlike King Tut, Cairo’s claim of one-tenth of the law won’t peacefully rest for eternity until the face of its country is returned.

And the rest of us are hoping to serendipitously score an invitation to an exclusive home art show that will display more than just macaroni art on the fridge.

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Happy Monday

No matter who we are, we all need that spark of inspiration on Monday. And what’s great about inspiration is the awesome power it possesses by requiring the smallest amount of that “it” factor for incredible, life-altering change.

The inventiveness, not the movies about the scary clown and his red balloon.

Speaking of clowns, the funny kind, Jim Carrey is one of my favorite actors. His brand of comedy is overwhelmingly unique, impactful, creative and inviting. While many critics contest he’s merely a professional goofball that drives his clown car off the road into comedic extremes, the more you listen to and discover about Jim Carrey’s past and present — the internal workings of his imagination and mere being day-to-day — the more you’ll discover there’s a person who does his signature silver screen jig while frantically changing the mask he wears like the rest of us:

Between drama and comedy.

The point is that we, believe it or not, are more like that dumb (or dumber?) guy than we may want to think or admit. Jim Carrey’s extremes reach far beyond where we go or can even see at any given moment, but fans of his (like me) have always wanted to get a glimpse of his yellow brick road to, one day, take a stroll unlike any other we could imagine.

That day is today and it turns out Jim Carrey’s road isn’t monochromatically yellow at all.

Yes, man.

Have a Better Week Than Last Week. 

Happy Pi Day!

What do you get when you mix sand and pie?

Wait, not that pie. A different kind of a pi. A less tasty, but mathematically delicious pi.

Mathematically speaking, today is when everything in your life will come full circle

Have a Fun Week That Ranks Somewhere Between a 3 and a 4! 

Art’s Infinite Heights

What on earth is this?

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This fantastic, swirling mess titled, “The Vertigo of Eros” by Roberto Matta caught my eye today at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). There were many pieces that caused a pause in my step on this rainy afternoon, but this painting certainly had that “it” factor. There was a next-level dimension to it, which is a common characteristic of great art.

But what does it mean?

The verdict is ambiguous, to say the least. Two different people could offer two different reactions. There’s no clear picture of what’s happening in the painting, especially to the casual passerby.

And yet, this work of art is showing us something vaguely recognizable, something to connect with.

While my final conclusion will require a little more time, there are definitely elements of excitement, a labyrinth of creativity and insight and an epic journey that awaits, just waiting to be explored.

With an important job interview tomorrow, experiencing masterpieces and new artistic visions in-person was definitely worth the price of admission.

Including the vertigo.