First mega million AI painting sold at a major auction house in New York.
It sold for more than $450,00 Canadian.
It’s called, Portrait of Edmond Belamy.
It was auctioned off in New York at Christie’s, one of the world’s best-known auction houses.
And it sold way above its estimated price of $7,000 (U.S.) to $10,00 (U.S.)
“The bidding late this morning lasted just under seven minutes, during which the buyer competed against an online bidder in France, two other phone bidders and one person in the room in New York.
“When the hammer came down, the bids had reached $350,000 (U.S.), the final price before fees,” the New York Times says.
The buyers has not come forward yet.
It’s the first time a major auction house has sold a painting created by computer code using artificial intelligence (AI).
AI means simulated intelligence in machines.
These machines are programmed to “think” like a human and mimic the way a person acts.
The Belamy portrait was created by an art collective out of Paris.
The code used for the painting was created by 17-year old Robbie Barrat from West Virginia.
He created it because he was bored.
So he started experimenting with art and artificial intelligence.
He trained a computer to write original rap songs.
And he did by feeding the computer 6,000 Kanye West lyrics.
Next he scraped thousands of images from the internet of landscape paintings and nude portraits.
That allowed the computer to create art from those internet scrapings.
The next step involved uploading the code to GitHub.
It is a code-sharing platform so that others could download the code and learn from it.
And many did — including the French art collective, Obvious.
The art collective used the code to create Portrait of Edmond Belamy.
“I was really expecting people to use [the code] as components for their own project. But I never thought anybody would sell it, just because it’s not high-quality work,” Barrat told the Washington Post.
Barrat is now 19 and is working at a Stanford University AI research lab.