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Australian newspaper headline 1973. Blue Poles (originally titled number 11) by Jackson Pollock was
purchased by The Australian National Art Gallery for a then world record price of 1.3 million Australian dollars.

When Jack painted the poles of blue
I doubt he really had a clue,
For with his stick, the paint he dipped,
Then on a sheet of canvas dripped

It here and there in swirls and blobs
That all of the postmodern snobs
Now tell us is a masterpiece,
And would we Philistines please cease

Our criticism of his work:

“That Jack was just a drunken jerk
Who with some paint (and broken glass)
While on the turps, dribbled a farce.”

ironically it has turned out to be a great investment worth today an estimated 200 million – funny world