This story first appeared in the Nov. 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Japanese artist Takashi Murakami‘s paintings easily can sell in the high six figures, but apparently it’s possible to pick one up online as well.
“I just bought a Murakami on Instagram,” producer and art collector Brian Grazer told THR at the LACMA Art+Film Gala on Nov. 2. Grazer, after seeing the bright, anime-inspired painting on the artist’s photo feed in October, posted, “Can I buy this please?” under comments.
Murakami (“I know him,” said Grazer) typed back a heart and smiley-face symbol, and the painting was Grazer’s.