Today's Deep Thought comes from the book I'm almost (still not!) finished reading, The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art by Don Thompson–page 216.
Thompson notes that Ron Lauder paid $135 million in 2006 for Gustav Klimt's painting Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. He the asks:
To put $135 million in context, that is the price of a fully equipped Boeing 787 Dreamliner, an aircraft capable of holding three hundred passengers. Does a masterpiece have the same value as a Dreamliner? Or, if you want, should a Dreamliner be compared to an outstanding Gustav Klimt?
What do you think?