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The fate of a Picasso is in the Internet's hands

Cards Against Humanity will ask its 150,000 subscribers if they want to donate the print or keep a laser-cut slice for themselves.
The fate of a Picasso is in the Internet's hands
Daniel Cooper
Daniel Cooper|@danielwcooper|December 24, 2015 11:11 PM
Each holiday, Cards Against Humanity runs a mystery gift club, in which subscribers pay $15 in exchange for... uh... mystery gifts. This year, the presents included socks, socks and socks, as well as a year's membership to NPR and giving a week off to the employees of the factory where the cards are printed. The latest in the series of "Eight Sensible Gifts for Hanukkah," however, asks the promotion's 150,000 subscribers to decide the fate of a signed print of Picasso's Tête de Faune. The people have a simple choice: either they can vote to donate the work to the Art Institute of Chicago, or slice it into 150,000 pieces.

Picasso on the Laser from Max Temkin on Vimeo.

It's not the first time that Cards Against Humanity has purchased an enormous asset and then divided it up amongst its members. Last year, the outfit purchased Birch Island in Maine, renamed it Hawaii 2 and divided it up into 250,000 one square foot plots. Before you worry about the priceless work of art that's at risk of vandalism, the reports are that this isn't Picasso's original. Instead, Hyperallergic believes that it's a 1/50 print of Tête de Faune that was signed by Picasso and sold last year for around $14,000 by a Swiss auction house. Still, it is the holidays, so lets not be asshats and vote for this to be sliced up when it could be put on display for the benefit of future generations.

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The fate of a Picasso is in the Internet's hands