Internationally renowned eccentric and rebel American artist Jack Armstrong, who founded the modern art style “Cosmic Extensionalism”, has created the world’s most expensive boots; the “Cosmic Cowboy Boots” with a price tag of $6M. He painted on his own pristine 1968 Tony Lama boots, a brand worn by Harry S. Truman and favored by many other US Presidents.
Armstrong’s latest Cosmic X project follows the successes of his “Cosmic Starship Harley”, the world’s most expensive Motorbike, a Harley Davidson V-Rod, unveiled and sold for over $3M in 2010 and now back on the market for $10M, and his “Cosmic Star Cruiser”, a bicycle launched in 2014 at the prestigious Big Boys Toys in Dubai.
Jack nicknamed “The Last Wizard” by his friend Andy Warhol proved it is possible to sell high value art without the top galleries and auction houses he railed against for years. Around 50% of all art is sold privately today because of the high costs of these establishments. His ‘sticking the boots in’ is perhaps his ultimate statement against what he called the art cartel. The majority of talented artists never break through the establishment wall while those few favored artists become multi-millionaires. He has promised to help more talented artists break through this barrier.
He vowed to paint only 100 canvases in his lifetime. His unique Cosmic X style of art combines extreme colors and textures with words that magically appear throughout each painting when viewed at different angles, his bold signature often in the center. Around half of his collection is already in private hands. Listed amongst his collectors are such names as Alice Walton the Walmart Billionaire, Narenda Patel, a world-famous architect, Donny York of the group Sha Na Na and Michel Polnareff the famous French singer. His collectors are not eager to sell. This scarcity factor guarantees an ever-increasing price.
A movie and a PBS documentary are already planned about his life and in 2020 Armstrong is set to launch the world’s most expensive automobile with a price tag of $100M along with a line of fashion wear. There really is no stopping him!!
These ‘Cosmic Cowboy Boots’ may not be to everyone’s taste and you may ask why paint them in the first place? “Well, Van Gough painted boots but never his own. Not many people know that.” So, one thing for sure at least – Jack Armstrong has scored another FIRST that’s bound to shock the world. These boots may not be meant for walking but are certainly meant for talking!
Anyone watching…Time Square main digital billboard will be displaying the boots!
Check out Star Global International and stay tuned for WELAB July 2018 print publication!