Rejected by the Futurists for being too Cubist, by the Cubists for being too Symbolist, and by the Symbolists for being ugly.

The rejected preliminary sketch by Marcel Duchamp, Newt Descending a Staircase, has sold for £15.8 million at Sotheby’s, nearly a record for rejected preliminary sketches. The anonymous collector who sold the work reportedly bought it for five S&H Green Stamps, and so has made a comfortable profit.

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