Not that it’s particularly relevant, but Gibson didn’t really “reverse engineer” anything…they just picked some wood that vaguely resembled the Slash/Max guitar, carved the neck to the same (or very similar) profile, and painted it in some similar shades. It was otherwise any other run-of-the-mill Custom Shop LP.
In any case…it was just a historic with a similar top and paint job…not some unique reverse engineered one-off
It gets better, when it comes to Picasso.I guess you could detail out a Picasso--Canvas=$30. Tube of black paint=$12. Bottle of wine to give the Farmer for making the bull stand still =$20. Already owned the brushes. Should be $62.
It gets better, when it comes to Picasso.
Several years ago I was photographing a room set for a large department store catalog. We'd been told by the owner of the location we were renting that we could use any of his artwork collection in our photographs. I had an Austrian stylist who'd found an oval plate with what looked to be a fish skeleton motif, and she was trying to balance it with a brick behind it. It kept slipping, in part because she was one-handing it with a cigarette in the other hand (also against the location rules). When the owner came by, she doused the butt, and he commented, "Cool -- you're using my Picasso plate!"
"Yeah. Picasso would finish his lunch, press the leftovers of his fish into the wet clay of a plate, sign it, then fire it up and charge ten grand for it. I won't tell you what I had to pay for it."
And then he wandered out, leaving us all with bugged-out eyes and a whole lot more care handling that stupid plate.