Talk About Your Graven Images!
September 1, 2001 2:38 PM   Subscribe

Talk About Your Graven Images! Look out, Golden Calf - you've got competition! Now up for sale on eBay, a two-foot-tall, 100+ pound solid gold statue of Mickey Mouse. "The manufacturer of 'Celebration Mickey', The Great Western Mint, adds 'Never in the history of art has a work of such enormous size been cast in pure gold. We are proud to be able to present this piece with expectations that art lovers and cultural historians yet unborn will look back upon this 1,500 troy ounce casting of pure gold and marvel at the technical prowess that it exhibits.'" Wow. I thought I heard all the theories, but it never dawned on me that Mickey Mouse was the Antichrist.
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Wow that's something. I saw it on the news and they didn't say anything about the auction. If I wanted to buy something out of that much gold, I'd rather have this.
posted by geoff. at 2:59 PM on September 1, 2001

Does this remind anyone else of Mooby, the Golden Calf from Dogma?
posted by kevspace at 3:18 PM on September 1, 2001

It reminded me of this comic.
posted by shylock at 3:33 PM on September 1, 2001

The sorry thing about it is that it's such a bad likeness. I actually met Mickey Mouse once, at (appropriately enough) Disney World. He was walking about greeting children, and I approached and introduced myself. Like most famous people you meet, he looks quite different in person. Unlike most movie stars, though, he is much taller in person than he appears on screen. In fact, he is about six foot two, and constructed entirely of fabric stretched over some kind of rigid matrix. He carries a man inside of him, who is a good deal smaller than himself. At the time of our meeting, neither he nor the man inside of him could be induced to speak, which was a shame, since I'm sure he has many fascinating stories to tell about Hollywood in the 1930s. The upshot of it is, that this statue is more likely to be valued for the material it is made of than for any great feat of verisimilitude on the part of the artist, I can assure you of that.
posted by Faze at 3:33 PM on September 1, 2001 [12 favorites]

I was wondering if anyone else would bring up Mooby, who always seemed to me like the end result of a mcdonalds/disney merger. so to answer your question, yes, this did remind me of mooby.
posted by rorycberger at 3:57 PM on September 1, 2001

Time for Loki and Bartleby to do a little housekeeping at Disney HQ?
posted by at 3:58 PM on September 1, 2001

Mickey Mouse, patron saint of the sacred eternal copyright.
posted by skallas at 5:16 PM on September 1, 2001

personally, i'm more interested in this sort of thing
posted by sawks at 8:54 PM on September 1, 2001

sawks : yes!
posted by spilon at 9:05 PM on September 1, 2001

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