Artwork Perpetually Sells itself on eBay!


I wish *I* had thought of THAT!!!!!

Equal parts hilarious and preposterous— what a concept!!!

Title: A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter
Year: 2009
Artist: Caleb Larsen
Dimensions: 8″x8″x8″
Medium: Acrylic, custom electronics, programming, internet connection, online auction.
Description: This object perpetually attempts to sell itself on eBay.
NB: Before bidding you must agree to the below terms.
This purchase agreement was drafted with the aid of Marsha G. Ajhar of Hartman & Craven LLP, NYC.


THIS AGREEMENT is by and between Caleb Larsen, a U.S. citizen (hereinafter “Artist’) and the “Collector”, the purchaser, below identified, of an artistic work titled “A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter (2009)” by Artist, effective as of the date of execution by Collector, and thereafter by and between the current Collector and any and all subsequent new purchasers of the Artwork, also as identified below, also effective as of the date of their/its execution of this Agreement.


A. Artist has created a work of art titled “A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter (2009)” (“the Artwork”) which consists of a black box that places itself for sale on the auction website “eBay” (the “Auction Venue”) every seven (7) days. The Artwork consists of the combination of the black box or cube, the electronics contained therein, and the concept that such a physical object “sells itself” every week.

B. Collector understands and agrees to the underlying concept and function of the Artwork and that the sale of the Artwork by Artist is dependent and conditioned upon Purchaser’s agreement and adherence to the below terms. Such terms are fundamental and crucial to the on-going viability and artistic integrity of the Artwork.

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