What’s A Custom Painted Bike Worth?

what's a bike worth when it's painted by a not yet famous icon?

If the bike has been painted by Jack Armstrong, then apparently the answer is a cool $1 million dollars.  Of course that's all speculative but it makes for good headlines and news copy.

In a press release,  Bartels Harley Davidson (Harley Davidson dealer to the stars) in Marina Del Rey, California, says it will unveil Jack Armstrong's "Cosmic Starship" Harley Davidson on October 21, 2010.  We don't know who set the value but  the release says, "Priced at $1,000,000, this is the world's first and only million dollar Harley and the only motorcycle Armstrong will ever paint."

"Andy Warhol would have loved it," states Armstrong.  "He started with soup cans and worked up to Elizabeth Taylor! For me as an artist," explains Armstrong, "Harley is James Dean, Brando, Elvis and Steve McQueen, and is more American than ice cream. To paint a million dollar Harley is legendary, like the bike!"

Just who is Jack Armstrong?  Well, if Wikipedia is to be trusted, Armstrong isn't very well known because there isn't a page devoted to him. He must have more of a cult following, and isn't too concerned about the world outside the cultural elite.

On Armstrong's website it says Andy Warhol called him  "The Last Wizard."   But other than that we couldn't find much if any reference to him on the web.

Apparently Armstrong is the creator of the painting style called "Cosmic Extensionalism" which combines extreme colors and textures.  Words magically appear throughout his paintings when viewed at different angles with his bold signature JACK, often in the center.   More about the artist can be found at www.JackArmstrongArtist.com.

According to Armstrong there will be a small sign placed next to the million dollar motorcycle saying, "If you are not Lady GaGa, Scarlett Johansson or Sylvester Stallone DO NOT TOUCH THIS HARLEY!"

Which begs the question, "what will happen if Lady GaGa happens by and scratches it with her outrageous outfits? "

If you're interested,  the "Cosmic Starship" Harley Davidson official world press red carpet event details:

Date: October 21, 2010, 7:00pm - 12:00am

Location:  Bartels Harley Davidson

4141 Lincoln Boulevard

Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

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