Making A Monkey Of The Art World

In June, three abstract paintings by Congo the chimpanzee were sold at auction by Bonhams in London for more than $25,000. Paintings by slackers Renoir and Andy Warhol didn’t sell. Now, fueled by visions of easy money, speculators have been calling the Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna to offer big chunks of cash for Nonja the orangutan’s paintings. As they say, if you have enough monkeys throwing paint on enough canvases, eventually one will create a Jackson Pollack without having to drink all that liquor in the process.

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