Paris Street Artist Sells 'Rubik Dalai Lama' at Auction for Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars


| LAST UPDATE 10/17/2021

By Eliza Gray
Rubik's Dali Lama Sold
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Rubik's cubes seemed to have evolved into many things throughout the years since the toy was first invented. And French street artist Indaver took it upon himself to transform the simple patterned cube into an incredible piece of artwork. It's not hard to see why it sold for a huge price tag at auction.

Rubik's Cube Dali Lama
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Using 225 Rubik's cubes, the artist created a mosaic portrait of the Dali Lama, and it even showed the historical figure's iconic smile. When the project was finished, it was moved to an auction house in Paris, France. And while Indaver wasn't sure about how much it would go for, he was soon pleasantly surprised.

French Artist Invader Rubik's
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In fact, only a few days after it was installed, the 'Rubik's Dali Lama' sold for a massive price tag. Want to take a guess as to how much it was bought for? We'll give you a moment to think of a number. In the meantime, you can enjoy this fun fact: the creation was sold the day before the Dali Lama's 86th birthday on July 6th.

Rubik's Art Dali Lama
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The unique piece of art sold at auction for a whopping $555,000! This is far from the first creation Invader has brought into the world. In fact, his art spans all across Paris. From murals on the sides of coffee shops and buildings to other museum collections, Invader has certainly kept busy over the years. And one important thing has stayed true throughout all of this time: he has never shied away from color, and it seems to be paying off!

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The French artist's social media page not only links to his official website but gives onlookers a peek into the way that his amazing creations come to life. From small graffiti on buildings to gallery collections, there's no denying that this person has a unique talent!

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Rubik's Cube Artwork Sold
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With his Dali Lama creation selling for the huge price it did, we can only imagine what else Invader has up his sleeve for profitable projects in the future. Maybe we'll start saving up now to be able to purchase a one-of-a-kind Rubik's creation of our own someday! Anyone else?