A portrait which is made with the help of AI algorithms crossed all the new boundaries yesterday, as it has been sold at the cost of $432,500 and has also become the first piece of AI art which sold at a major auction house, according to the report which has been revealed.
At the first instance, “Edmond de Belamy”, the portrait of a gentleman which is dressed in a black and framed in shining gold could be of any standard portrait from the 18th and 19th century.
With respect to the image, it is much more intriguing. The face is so much fuzzy, and the picture seems unfinished. Apart from just that of an artist signature, it bears a stamp of a mathematical formula which is placed on the bottom right.
It is a brainchild of a French collective obvious, whose primary aim is to use the principles of AI to democratize art. To make the painting, an artist Pierre Fautrel ran around 15000 classic portraits with the help of computer software.
Once the software “understood the rules of portraiture,” using a new algorithm developed by Google researcher Ian Goodfellow, it then generated a series of new images by itself, Fautrel said.
The price of the painting has been smashed its pre-sale estimates to be around $7000-$10000. Christie said that the work was snapped up by an anonymous bidder after a battle on the phone call, online and one would be a buyer in the room.
“Even if the algorithm creates the image,” he told AFP “we are the people who decided to do this, who decided to print it on canvas, sign it as a mathematical formula, put it in a gold frame.”