Christie's auctions portrait painted by AI algorithm

Oct 24, 2018, 8:15 AM EDT

The auction block at Christie's in New York City is a center of attraction for a unique piece of fine art, a portrait produced by an artificial intelligence algorithm, which in turn has been developed by Obvious, a Paris-based art collective.

The “Portrait of Edmond De Belamy,” depicting a man with a blurry face, indistinct in its features, bears the characteristic traits of the artworks produced by European fine artists from centuries ago, notes Live Science.

While some view the interface of art and artificial intelligence as “grotesque,” the others find it mesmerizing that technology can draw on the finest works from the past to churn out original artwork such as this portrait, which is likely to fetch $7,000 to $10,000, notes The New York Times.