LOS ANGELES, Ca. – An autographed selfie of California socialite and reality TV star Kim Kardashian sold through an online auction site last weekend for a jaw-dropping three hundred and twenty-five million dollars, according to the celebrity news website TMZ, which broke the story Wednesday morning.
While the proud new owner of the 3 x 5 photograph has reportedly insisted their identity remain secret, an anonymous source told TMZ that a Chinese holding company that, in the past, has been known to do business on behalf of North Korea, transferred $325 million worth of Bitcoins to an account registered in the name of a prominent member of the Kardashian household.
“Of course no one knows for sure if Kim Jong-un is actually the buyer,” said US Weekly‘s Jorge Alvarez. “But I think you’d be hard pressed to find anyone else in North Korea with three hundred million bucks lying around.” Alvarez pointed out that North Korea’s Supreme Leader is rumored to be a die-hard fan of Keeping Up With the Kardashians and even had a replica of Kim and Kanye’s $20 million Hidden Hills mansion -complete with life-sized wax sculptures of the Kardashian family performing various tasks- erected on the outskirts of Pyongyang.
Despite the Supreme Leader’s exquisite tastes and lavish lifestyle, experts say Kim likely used funds meant for humanitarian aid to purchase the postcard-sized snap of Mrs. Kardashian. “North Korea receives annual financial and humanitarian assistance amounting in millions of dollars,” said Gene Shearer, author of Custard Pies and the Prince Lord of North Korea. “It’s not unheard of for the regime to dip into those funds for personal purposes.”
At any rate, Kim’s purchase of the multi-million dollar selfie sets a new record for the most expensive piece of art ever sold. The previous record holder, Kenneth C. Griffin, an American hedge fund manager, paid $300 million in 2015 for Interchange, an oil painting by the late abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning.