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If your favorite artist won the Powerball lottery...

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Here at the Sartle office, we’ve got our tickets ready for tonight’s $1.5 billion drawing. And of course, we know what we’d spend our winnings on! Maya would put it in savings (so reasonable), Lauren would buy herself a museum (an art museum, we presume), Kyla would take herself out to dinner (that’s one expensive meal!), and Lulu would adopt a herd of cows. Moo.

But what would Banksy buy? How about Henri Toulous-Lautrec? Frida Kahlo? Given the chance to go from rags to riches (or from rich to richer) your favorite artist’s secret desires might surprise you.  


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First on our list is Vincent Van Gogh. We’d wager a guess that he might opt for  top-of-the-line reconstructive ear surgery. Or maybe an ear transplant.

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Henri-Toulouse-Lautrec loved prostitutes. He would sometimes live in brothels for weeks at a time. Perhaps that $1.5 billion could start by buying him ownership of the Playboy Mansion.

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Like Toulouse-Lautrec, Peter Paul Rubens was also partial to women. But Rubens was something of a chubby chaser, once proclaiming “I paint a woman’s big rounded buttocks so that I want to reach out and stroke the dimpled flesh.” Expensive dinner for two, perhaps?

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David Hockney is already a pretty wealthy guy, with two mansions in the Hollywood Hills under his belt. His secret vice? Medical grade marijuana. $1.5 billion could buy him a whole lot of that dankity dank.

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Jean-Michel Basquiat loved to paint in expensive Armani suits, which he wore out in public covered in paint splatters. If each suit were to cost around $5,000, Basquiat could buy 300,000 suits with his winnings.

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Georgia O’Keeffe loved books and had an extensive collection of biographies. In her later years, struggling with impaired vision, O’Keeffe was unable to read. She’d probably pay a hefty sum of her winnings to have audiobooks made of her top faves. And maybe buy a couple animal skulls to add to her collection.

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Ah, the mysterious Banksy. $1.5 billion could definitely buy him an invisibility cloak.

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Henri Matisse had simple pleasures. He woke up early, worked until after lunch, practiced his violin, and was partial to vegetable soup and hard-boiled eggs. So what would $1.5 billion buy this unfussy dude? He loved to travel– we’re thinking an around the world trip with stops in Morocco, Tahiti, and New York.

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Who are we kidding?? Frida Kahlo was a communist! If she won, she’d distribute the money to the masses.


What would you spend $1.5 billion on? 

By: Lulu

Louisa Dewey

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