A British couple has discovered the uncanny likeness of Kate Middleton, prince William’s bride to be, in an orange colored mango jellybean they almost ate. It’s another one of these stories that captures the world’s imagination. The tiny image is so accurate and compelling that it seems nothing short of miraculous, and of course, when something bears those characteristics, it suddenly has value. We’ve seen it before, many times, as when that morning bun formed the spot-on shape of the head of Mother Theresa, or when a grilled cheese sandwich with the visage of the Virgin Mary burnt into one of its toasted sides sold for $28,000 on e-bay. Now we have the Kate Middleton jellybean.
Perhaps what’s most fascinating about finding these images in banal foodstuffs like cheetos and jellybeans, is the possibility that they could be faked. Especially in this case it looks possible (though certainly difficult) to meticulously re-create the kind of speckling on the surface of a jelly bean to make some defined image. You’d just need the right materials and a finely tuned ability to work on a miniscule scale. Even if the Kate Middleton jellybean is a hoax though, it’s still a kind of notoriously clever artwork that managed to get its 15 minutes of online fame. Like anything else in our electronically viral world, once people know about it–whether they’re wowed or mystified or disgusted –it will sell to any number of collectors who buy the likes of these strangely captivating things. The couple plans to sell it on e-bay starting at 500 pounds (approximate $815), and already royal wedding fanatics are predicting that price could go much higher. We’ll have to watch and see just how high it goes.
Posted: April 15 by B Bloch