American Millionaire Burned Frida Kahlo’s “Sinister Ghosts”

Mexican authorities are investigating the destruction of the drawing

Millionaire Martin Mobarak publicly burned a drawing of Frida Kahlo with the mystical title “Sinister Ghosts”, which was the apotheosis of a party in honor of the legendary artist. The collector said that the event would be captured in the NFT, and the original, delivered to a party in Miami by imposing security guards, was demonstratively taken out of the frame and set on fire in front of a surprised audience. Mobarak claims the work is worth $10 million. The Mexican authorities, however, doubt that this is really the work of Frida Kahlo. But they promise to investigate what happened.

The rich man decided to distinguish himself and staged a dubious performance. The party in Miami began with a performance by a fireworker and ended with the burning of Frida Kahlo’s work. Martin Mobarak explained what happened by believing in the future of NFT, so he decided to “translate” the work of the legendary artist from a material format to a virtual one. And sell a limited series of “Sinister Ghosts” in the NFT format, and promised to send the proceeds to children’s hospitals and museums.

However, the prank had the opposite effect. For example, the Palace of Fine Arts of Mexico City refused to accept funds from Mobarac and appealed to the Mexican authorities, demanding an investigation. Recall that in Mexico, the legacy of Frida Kahlo is recognized as a national treasure, the artist’s works are prohibited from being exported outside the country. Frida’s work is protected by a separate decree. That is, if it turns out that the work is really the authorship of Frida and came to the United States from Mexico, the millionaire can pay for his vandal trick. On the territory of any country, such an “action” is punishable by a fine or imprisonment.

But given the “note” of Mexico, the situation goes to the political level. “In Mexico, the deliberate destruction of an artistic monument is a crime under the Federal Law on Archaeological, Artistic and Historical Monuments and Areas,” the Mexican museum workers said.


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