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6 examples of pricey, trash-based art

By: Sarah F. Berkowitz on Oct. 3, 2011, 9:03 a.m.
dog sculpture made of clothespins

Photo: courtesy Robert Bradford

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One man's trash

You probably don't think, "this'll sell for thousands of dollars!" as you toss packaging or a bottle into the recycling  bin. But many artists look at discarded materials in a different way — and have capitalized on the low (read: no) cost of this particular type of "art supply." Turning those scraps into beautiful and profitable works, artists from sculptors to portraitists are using trash to create their masterpieces. (Text: Sarah Berkowitz)