Originally Posted by Philpug
Hahaha. I was just actually thinking about these earlier this past week. I like that these are in Las Vegas, looks like a pawn shop. I wonder what he actually pawned them for $$$$$?
Warhol's (pop art) and Basquiat's (street art) signatures don't go for 1/10 that much, and both were much better artists than Britto ever will be (Basquiat died of an overdose 1 1/2 years after Warhol kicked the bucket). Heck, there is better "Barbie" doll art found in the Casto and "Altered Barbie" expositions than Britto produces (OK, some of the Castro stuff has an S&M theme, but at least it is funny).
So, you take a commodity like skis, stick an artists signature on it (the artist doesn't even have to know, just forge it), and then sell it as being the most expensive commodity of its kind ever because there are rich idiots who will buy it just because it is expensive? I like this business model, since idiots come in every religion, color of skin, and net worth. The fraudsters know there is a sucker born every minute.
Getting back to the OP, Zai also sells putters for 3,000 Swiss Francs (around $3350). I don't think their putters are any better looking from those found at Louisville golf, and I can't find anyone on tour using them. But Zai sells to the rich, and they have been in business for a while knowing that building a quality product that is different because no one else has it (like making a granite core in a ski) will automatically find its niche. This stuff may never find its way onto the World Cup or PGA Tour, but it will find its way into the homes of people who own Bentleys.
Edited by quant2325 - 5/21/14 at 8:25am