Petition asks Jeff Bezos to buy and eat the world’s most famous painting • The Register
Ultra-billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has previously been the subject of a petition asking him not to return to Earth after taking off in his New Shepard rocket on July 20, but even though he’s cleared to come back, Bezos now faces an even bigger problem. difficult prospect.
The aerodynamic big bad archetype and his vast fortune are increasingly becoming subjects of fascination for the inhabitants of Change.org campaign website, with several ongoing petitions, mainly trying to persuade him to divert some of his nearly unlimited resources to good causes.
However, some users suggest more original and entertaining uses of its immense wealth. Change.org user Kane Powell chose to use the platform in an attempt to persuade Bezos to buy and eat the Mona Lisa, the supposedly priceless masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci in the Louvre in Paris.
In a petition titled simply “We want Jeff Bezos to buy and eat the Mona LisaPowell describes his campaign as follows:
“No one ate the Mona Lisa and we think Jeff Bezos needs to take a stand and make that happen.
The campaign, which used the informal caption “Gobble da Lisa! has taken a considerable time to gain momentum, with the Change.org website suggesting it has been active for over a year. But he received new impetus by a recent article from Vice and now has over 9,000 signatures.
Powell reportedly came up with the idea for the campaign while he was dining at an Applebee branch with his fiancee and a few friends, though his reasons for suggesting Bezos eat the masterpiece remain unclear, even to him: ” Me and my fiancee were diving into the dollar drink menu, ”he explained.
Signatories to the plan have expressed considerable enthusiasm for Bezos’ potential consumption of the enigmatic portrait.
“Tired of waking up in a world where Bezos has not consumed the Mona Lisa”Kate Woods wrote on Tuesday.
User Vito S had a more practical reason for wanting the Mona Lisa to disappear: “Jeff has to eat Mona before Mona eats Jeff. It’s self-defense, ”he suggested, while James Branan offered a“ MONAPPETIT!
While the French Republic is unlikely to part with the painting, even if Bezos offered to buy it, if it were ever to be sold, he could almost certainly afford it. At the time of this writing, the highest amount ever paid for a painting was $ 450.3 million, which was disbursed by Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al Saud of Saudi Arabia in November 2017 for a another painting by Da Vinci: Salvator Mundi.
Given that Bezos is currently worth $ 193.5 billion, according to the latest estimate from Forbes, he could probably find the asking price as lost currency in the lapels of his designer chinos, even taking into account the hefty bounty the Republic would demand for it to be the world’s most famous painting and the one of the most famous images of any kind.
Whether he wants to eat it is another question. the Mona Lisa was painted onto a panel made from a plank of poplar wood, rather than canvas, which, combined with the fact that it’s now over 500 years old, would make it extremely plush to say the least.
Plus, the paints Da Vinci uses contain all kinds of horribly toxic and otherwise nasty ingredients including silica, tin, iron oxide, mercury, crushed bugs, and a lot of lead.
Considering the difficulty of physically consuming the painting, Bezos might want to warm up with an entree, perhaps a delicious gift from the Louvre to whet his appetite?
Unfortunately, works of art belonging to public bodies cannot be sold or transferred, like article 451-5 of the “Heritage Code” The law governing national treasures states: “Collections held in museums owned by public bodies are considered public property and cannot be otherwise”.
So even if the Louvre wanted to add, say, the delightful appearance of Titian Madonna and Child with Saint Catherine and a Rabbit as a free aperitif for a valued customer, they would be legally prohibited from doing so.
Sometimes even Jeff Bezos has to watch out for local comp-a-Titian laws. ®