AI-generated portrait smashes estimate, selling at auction for $612,000

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This case was the first in history when a similar work was sold at a major auction. The painting, titled "Portrait of Edmond Belamy", is the first AI artwork to be sold at a leading auction house, and the final price was over 40 times in excess of Christie's pre-sale estimate of $7,000 - $10,000.

A portrait made by an algorithm smashed new boundaries on Thursday, selling for $432,500 and becoming the first piece of artificial intelligence art sold at a major auction house, Christie's said.

The algorithm was fed around 15,000 portraits painted between the 14th and 20th centuries, which a Generator portion of the algorithm used as a basis to start creating its own images.

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"The algorithm is composed of two parts", Caselles-Dupré explained in a statement online.

Richard Lloyd, the worldwide head of prints and multiples at Christie's, told AFP that he made a decision to persuade the collective into posting their work through the auction house in order to encourage a debate regarding AI in art. And the funds produced by the auction will go to Obvious.

Obvious isn't the only group making AI-controlled art. "I really just wanted to provide the AI + art community with some fun tools - never thought anyone would do this", Barrat wrote on Twitter. According to Mario Klingemann, another prominent AI artist, Belamy is a very simplistic product, essentially the equivalent of of "a connect-the-dots children's painting". Obvious also reiterated that they modified Barrat's code "with his approval" to use for the Famille de Belamy series, and that they gave Barrat credit in their original Medium post about the series after he asked.

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Questions: Who should be recognized for the artwork?

Earlier it was reported that scientists have created artificial intelligence, able to find people by description. I think that's what's come downing the pike in the near future. The picture of a man in a dark frock coat and white collar is called the "Portrait of Edmond Belamy".

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