Cathartic, a solemn exposition of the sacred and the profane or a sensationalist exploitation of the dead? Marcus Harvey’s large, 9 feet by 11 feet Myra (’95) used casts of an infant’s hands to create a black, grey and white mosaic—a replica of the police photo of child murderer Myra Hindley.
In 1995, Mark Fraser bought a broken laser pointer for $14.83—the first item that eBay founder Pierre Omidyar listed on the site, called AuctionWeb then. Fraser later told a surprised Omidyar: “I’m a collector of broken laser pointers.”
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