How Did This Instagram Photo Sell For $100,000?

22 May 2015, 16:48 | Updated: 8 May 2017, 17:09

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Nicky Idika

By Nicky Idika

Your photo could be next.

Instagram pictures are usually free. Usually. 

They're free unless they're being sold by artist Richard Prince for the staggering price of $100,000 per print. It's all wild until you consider one more thing: The photos aren't his and he doesn't ask for permission. 


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Doe Deere's instagram picture sold for $90,000 and she didn't see a single dollar of that. Imagine having a photo that you took ripped off the internet and sold for 5 figures. 

Prince takes a screen grab of the photos, replaces the caption, and puts them on display at at galleries. He gets away with this via fair use laws but people are not happy. 

People have taken Richard Prince to court but, so far, he has been allowed to continue to sell his controversial works of art. 

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