Christie’s auctions off AI-made portrait for $432,500

Oct 26, 2018, 7:47 AM EDT

The strokes of technology are indeed pricey. Christie’s in New York City managed to rake in $432,500 by auctioning off an AI-generated portrait, pocketing nearly 40 times of what it initially estimated the artwork would fetch.

The “Portrait of Edmond Belamy,” the first AI-made artwork to be auctioned at a major auction house, proves that the technology goes beyond the realms of manufacturing or driverless cars and can emulate creativity even in a tough genre such as portraiture, writes CNBC.

Despite questions over who should be credited for the portrait – the algorithm that created it or the brains who developed that algorithm – the sale marks the “the arrival of AI art on the world auction stage,” reports Live Science.