In October 2018, the British auction house Christie’s became the first to sell a work of art created by an algorithm.

The Portrait of Edmond Belamy was sold for $432,500 (£336,000), which was much higher than anyone had expected. This groundbreaking sale was controversial, not least in the AI art world itself.

Jordan Erica Webber and Ian Sample look at what it means to be creative, in a world where AI is starting to sell art at auction. Webber chats to AI art curator Luba Elliott and Sample speaks to author Leonard Mlodinow.

A woman views Portrait of Edmond de Belamy. The artwork was created using an algorithm designed by the French collective Obvious.

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