LOL! Christie’s sells its first AI portrait for $432,500

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Christie’s sells its first AI portrait for $432,500, beating estimates of $10,000

Christie’s has sold its first piece of AI art, a canvas named the Portrait of Edmond Belamy, for $432,500. The sale is unusual not only as a first for the 252-year-old auction house, but because the expected price for the print was between $7,000 and $10,000.

The artwork was created by a collective named Obvious. The three members of Obvious, a trio of 25-year-old French students, used a type of machine learning algorithm known as a GAN (generative adversarial network) to create the picture. The network was trained on a dataset of historical portraits, and then it tried to create one of its own. Obvious printed the image, framed it, and signed it with part of the GAN’s algorithm.
But but OH NO!
However, as The Verge reported earlier this week, the Belamy print has been the subject of controversy within the AI art world. Obvious admitted to using code from another AI artist, 19-year-old Robbie Barrat, to create the print.
Not surprised at all how quickly accusations of plagiarism enters the AI art world.
 

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Estimated 10,000 sold for 432,500.
That exactly that, show what kind of madhouse the art world is. A greedy bunch of idiots with way to much money.