David Choe's Facebook Art Could Mean Millions

David Choe's Facebook Art Could Mean Millions

David Choe's Facebook Art Could Mean Millions

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Feb. 3 2012 3:09 PM

David Choe's Facebook Art Could Mean Millions

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(A painting of Barack Obama by artist David Choe hangs on a wall October 9, 2008 as part of ' Outsiders' an art exhibition brought to New York by Lazarides Gallery of London.)

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Can you sell out without knowing you’re selling out yet?

Graffiti artist David Choe stands to make a fortune off of work he did for Facebook's offices back in 2005. According to the New York Times, Choe was approached by then-Facebook president Sean Parker to spray-paint his work on the walls of Facebook HQ.

Although he thought the website was "ridiculous and pointless," Choe accepted shares in the company instead of cash, which could be worth around $200 million once the social network begins trading as a public company.

In addition to his work for Facebook, Choe created the cover art for the Jay-Z/Linkin Park collaboration Collision Course in 2004, as well as a portrait of then-Senator Barack Obama in 2008, which now hangs in the White House.

From now on, artists, sell your stuff to tech startups. And sell it for a stake in the company.

Ben Johnson is the producer of Marketplace Tech from American Public Media.