Best Art Investment of the Century: Muses Endormies Compared to S&P 500

ALAgrApHY
3 min readFeb 27, 2024

In the fast-paced world of investment, where traditional avenues like stocks and bonds dominate discussions, a quiet revolution has been brewing in the art world. Amidst the chatter of Wall Street and the buzz of auctions, a new form of artistic expression has emerged-one that marries the ingenuity of artificial intelligence with the timeless allure of art. At the forefront of this movement stands ALAgrApHY, a trailblazing artist and scientist whose groundbreaking work challenges conventional notions of creativity and value.

In the annals of art history, February 13, 2018, marks a pivotal moment-the day when ALAgrApHY’s Muses Endormies (2017) made its historic debut at the Grand Palais in Paris during Salon Comparaison at Art Capital. This masterpiece, the first AI-generated artwork using Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) to be publicly sold, sent shockwaves through the art world. While many recall Christie’s sale of a self-proclaimed first AI-Art piece, heavily advertised and commercialized, few are aware of the true pioneering spirit embodied in ALAgrApHY’s earlier works.

ALAgrApHY posing with Dame Souriante and below Muses Endormies

In 2016, ALAgrApHY stunned the art community with “Children of the Cloud,” a mosaic comprising thousands of AI-generated portraits of non-existing people. This groundbreaking project laid the foundation for Muses Endormies, showcasing the artist’s unparalleled mastery of algorithms and AI technologies in the realm of art. Yet, despite its groundbreaking nature, the true value of ALAgrApHY’s work often eludes traditional art experts and investors alike.

Among the discerning collectors who recognized the inherent value of ALAgrApHY’s creations is a French mayor who, in 2020, acquired one of the few remaining editions of Muses Endormies. Through a historic contract between the town hall and ALAgrApHY, this masterpiece now stands as a testament to French heritage-a symbol of innovation and artistic brilliance enshrined in the heart of a nation.

Today, as the price of Muses Endormies begins at 120,000 euros, it has become increasingly elusive to obtain. Limited to specific museums and scarcely available to private collectors, galleries, or auction institutes, each edition of this iconic artwork contains around 4,000 meticulously crafted portraits. This rarity elevates its value exponentially, far surpassing the confines of conventional art valuation metrics.

In contrast to Christie’s auction, which featured a single AI-generated portrait, the significance of ALAgrApHY’s Muses Endormies cannot be overstated. With each edition housing thousands of portraits, its value transcends mere monetary worth, embodying a fusion of technological innovation and artistic expression that resonates with collectors and connoisseurs alike. A hypothetical estimation of its worth has been published here: https://alahay.org/gallery/aiart.html

Art imitators would be motivated to replicate ALAgrApHY’s artwork only if ALAgrApHY did not keep track of his unique editions and art collectors (privately) on his website and other registers.

As investors flock to traditional avenues like the S&P 500, a select few recognize the untapped potential lying within the realm of AI-generated art. ALAgrApHY’s visionary creations offer a gateway to a new frontier-one where innovation and creativity converge to redefine the very essence of art and investment. In a world driven by algorithms and data, the true value of art lies not only in its aesthetic appeal but in the transformative power it holds to shape our perception of the future.

Originally published at https://f33.fr.

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ALAgrApHY

Traditional & AI Artist, Data Scientist, Filmmaker exploring Creative AI. Started the GAN AI Art Movement in 2016. Former Postdoc @CNRS & PhD @INFORMATICS