Tucked away in the 8th floor portrait studios of the Chicago Macy’s, amongst paintings of families and babies, you’ll stumble upon a portrait of a recognizable face: Seth Meyers. Turns out, he sat for a portrait as a joke to give to his brother, then decided that the price was a little too high for a joke. And his loss is your gain!
“5/6 years ago I went to Chicago for a charity event. There was a giftbag that included a sitting at a portrait gallery. I was DEFINITELY the only person there who went up and did the sitting. The nicest dude on earth was running the place and took the photos. I explained to him that my goal was to get a giant oil painting of myself for my brother. He understood that I was posing ironically. I got the proofs but paying for the portrait was prohibitively expensive. I seriously considered it but it seemed wasteful to drop that kind of money for something my brother might hate.”
Here’s what Seth told WBEZ’s Justin Kaufman about the portrait when asked:Want the painting for your collection? It can be yours for a mere $5,500. And if my understanding of the art world is correct, it should be worth millions in just a few short decades.