What is an autographed postcard of a goat in a tree worth ?

People always ask me, what’s a red paperclip worth?  And I tell them, whatever somebody is willing to give you for it.  And then they laugh and say well in your case, it was worth a house!  - they think I got a house “for free” without realizing I only traded that red paperclip for a pen shaped like a fish so in my case the red paperclip was actually only worth a pen shaped like a fish.  But people really like the idea of trading a “red paperclip FOR a house” so who am I to stop them from thinking that? 
But in actual reality I’m fascinated with the value of really ridiculous things.  Why do people place value on objects that have no meaning to others?  Why do people slave away at menial jobs to spend several months of their wage to buy a shiny piece of metal to put on their finger?  Why would somebody pay hundreds of dollars for a bottle of wine, or tens of thousands of dollars for a painting? 
So with that in mind, what’s an autographed postcard of a goat in a tree worth ? 
I bought this postcard in Morocco in 2003 and for the first 15 seconds it was the most interesting and important thing in the entire world…okay, maybe my girlfriend and family were more important, and actually, yes they were - by far - but they weren’t in my vision at that moment and that postcard of a goat in a tree took up my entire field of vision and brainpower and imagination and I had to have the postcard no matter what and thank goodness it was only 1 Dirham or less than 25 cents or whatever the guy in the shop said the price was because I probably would have spent a LOT more money than that on this amazing postcard. 
I returned home from our Moroccan adventure and went to our family business and walked over to the postcard wall and proudly pinned this postcard to the wall already filled with hundreds of postcards from around the world sent in by friends and family and though “This is the best postcard on this entire wall, hands down” and left it at that and the ‘00s marched on and the internet arrived BIG TIME and nobody thought of postcards again because they were too busy doing live updates and putting #hashtags on things in #realtime. 
Last night I walked by the postcard wall and saw the goat in the tree for the first time in more than a decade and decided to send it on an adventure back into the world of art and commerce and geography.
So I autographed it to make it official #art and now it’s up on eBay with a starting price of only $0.01 with free shipping anywhere in the world and somebody out there is going to have this goat in tree in their life and everything will once again be right in this crazy world.
Have a swell day,
- Kyle

The World's Longest Receipt™ is for sale on eBay for its production cost of $18,871.93


Here's a video of when we bought the receipt as part of the Store Buyout project:

TWO simultaneous auctions today of un-matching mooses.

If this painting doesn’t sell for at least $234 USD in the next 7 days, I’ll destroy it.

Let’s talk about consequence.
I initially started these auctions as a standalone project called “Buy It Or Else”. The idea is that artworks will either sell or else they’ll be destroyed.
If a painting doesn’t sell I’ll wreck it in an interesting way and will use shrapnel from the artwork as raw materials for a new artwork which will be turned into a new artwork which will eventually be auctioned under the same “Buy it or else” premise.
Each artwork for sale on these auction is an original one-of-a-kind piece. It either sells or is gone forever.
Sure, there’s always the remote chance that a sold artwork will wind up on a secondary market and you might have another chance in the future to buy an exact piece of art you like. But for the most part it’s a “you snooze you lose” situation.
But when I list an item with a starting price of $0.01 with no reserve and FREE shipping anywhere in the world there’s a near 100% chance everything will sell…if even for only $0.01. There’s little to no consequence. The greatest risk is I spend countless hours creating a work of art and somebody buys it for a very low price and they’re really happy about the situation. I might not make much on the sale or even might drop into the red when art materials and shipping costs are included, but as far as things go, this is a pretty small risk.
You might ask “Why are you selling your art this way?” and here’s my answer.
I want to avoid:
-putting a price on my work
-building up a stockpile of artwork in my studio or in storage
-having dozens of paintings on gallery walls that “might” sell one day.

I want to make art and ship it to people that want it.
That’s it.
But I also want a real element of risk to this project.
So I’m upping the ante.
This auction has a reserve price of $234 USD.
Two outcomes possible:
1) The artwork sells for more than $234 or more.
2) I destroy it.
The $234 Bill painting is filled with lots of inside jokes and references to things I like:
-The United Ghinds of Burquitlam
-Department of Money
-Counterfeit Note
-Regional Minivan Reserve
-This note is 100% legit for all van purchases
-Treasurer of Fakecouver
-The Free Taxi Rooster
-the serial number is my phone number aka The One Red Paperclip Inc. HOTLINE
I was really proud of all the details of the painting and the execution isn’t perfect but there’s a certain amount of charm and whimsicalness to the haphazardness of the piece. The rectangle doesn’t fit the frame perfectly because this was the first canvas I stretched onto a frame and I didn’t know what I was doing but after I saw how crooked it was I liked the kooky look and think it looks cool…but I’ve also upped my canvas stretching game since. There’s also a few scuff marks on the paint from when I moved the painting from location to location and I didn’t know about clear coating and when I finally did learn about clear coating I forgot to clean up the rub marks before applying the clear coats and then the clear coat dried so now the marks are there forever.
This painting isn’t perfect — but that’s the point. It’s a time capsule of my artist skills of the time.
I like the way it looks and it has sentimental value.
Which is why I want to sell it for its face value of $234. Or else.
I really want to rid my life of material things that I covet. I have a one month old daughter and am trying to make as much room possible for her in my life — and that means having less stuff in my life that isn’t her.
Painting Dimensions:
50" x 22" (127cm x 56cm)
Acrylic paint on canvas on wood frame 2" deep.
Auction Summary:
-1 $234 Bill original painting by Kyle MacDonald
-1 autographed copy of the book One Red Paperclip by Kyle MacDonald
-faster “paid” options as well. Please select options if you’d like RUSH delivery.
-Last summer my friend Mike Reed and I took dozens of paintings out onto the sidewalk and posted them for sale and we played live music and hung out in his van and talked to people about our art and we both sold paintings that day and had a very fun time but not a single person mentioned this painting or showed an interest in buying it.
Kyle MacDonald BA UBC GEOG
aka The Rooster
Has a HOTLINE: 514–833–3980
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Bike Photo Joiner Collage now up for auction !  $0.01 starting price  -no reserve - FREE SHIPPING anywhere in the world !  :-)


"Get Your Skis Shined UP" !  original painting by Kyle MacDonald now for auction on eBay.  $0.01 starting price - no reserve - FREE SHIPPING anywhere in the world !!!!

HUGE One-of-a-kind Paul Mancell The Rainbow Gun Original Painting by Kyle MacDonald now for sale on eBay.  Bidding starts at $0.01 - no reserve - FREE SHIPPING anywhere in the world.  Auction lasts only 24hrs.


Happy bidding !  :-)