You really don’t see too many paintings of soccer that qualify as high art. We’re not sure if “The Football Match” by L.S. Lowry is high art either, but it definitely went for a high art price.
The depiction of a 1949 match went for £5.6 million ($9.2 million) at Christie’s in London on May 26. The buyer was anonymous, so we can’t even give the person who bought it a call to see if we can come by and check out what $9 million of football art looks like.
The painting was locked away for twenty years after doing a tour back in 1950. It even made stops in the United States, where those lucky enough to see it wondered why there weren’t cheerleaders and beer ads.