“I want to be a billionaire, so freakin’ bad”
That’s the chorus of a well known Gen Y song. Donald Trump pisses all over that ethos.
Mr Trump is a terribly successful man. Half the buildings on the banks of the Hudson River in New York are Trump real estate. The Apprentice turned his mop into an icon, and he carefully cultivated his image ever since. Up until Barack Obama was elected president and he revealed his nutbag conspiracy theorist leanings.
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A swirly pastel painting that looks like a kid’s crayon drawing has just sold for $120 million at a Sotheby’s auction in New York. It is the most expensive artwork ever sold.
The buyer is unknown, but the likely purchaser of Norwegian symbolist Edvard Munch’s The Scream, at least according to the Los Angeles Times, is one of the world’s 1200 billionaires. The LA Times goes on to suggest somewhat tantalisingly that the buyer could be a criminal.
The yarn revealed that the painting was shopped around the world, so collectors could see if it went nicely alongside their other artworks, doomsday devices and assorted accoutrements on the interior walls of their heavily-guarded compounds.
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I’m not sold on Clive Palmer’s political instincts. The mining magnate, who controls a variety of resources companies like Queensland Nickel, has a tough challenge ahead of him winning LNP preselection in the seat of Lilley which is currently held by Deputy PM Wayne Swan. Particularly since Opposition Leader Tony Abbott hit a reluctant note talking about it yesterday.
But I am sold on Palmer’s idea to build a second Titanic. Reason one: it’s an example of a billionaire actually doing something grand with their ginormous reserves of cash for once. “I don’t want to die wondering, you know, I always wondered if we could build another Titanic,” he told ABC Brisbane this morning.
Reason two: it’s an exciting and potentially viable business opportunity.
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