Basquiat’s 1982 piece, Untitled, just set a new sales record for the late, legendary artist, reaching a price of $57.3 million USD with premium at a recent Christie’s auction during a postwar and contemporary evening sale. The artwork was purchased by Yusaku Maezawa who also bought Richard Prince’s Runaway Nurse for $9.7 million USD.
Spotted: tech crunch
Tokyo-based beverage company Asahi Soft Drinks took the wraps off a vending machine [JP] that not only offers drinks but also sends out Wi-Fi signals within a 50m radius.
The Wi-Fi will be available for free, is accessible with multiple devices, without registration, and for anyone to use (meaning users won’t have to buy any drinks to go online through the machine). It’s possible to use the web for about 30 minutes before the machine cuts you off (re-connecting is possible, however).
After logging in, users will see various location-specific information on the home screen, for example on local stores, or sightseeing spots.
Starting in 2012, Asahi will set up 1,000 of the vending machines in five different regions in Japan (Tokyo, Sendai, Chubu, Kinki, and Fukuoka) in the first year. The plan is to roll out a total of 10,000 units in the next five years.
Asahi is currently operating 250,000 vending machines all over Japan.