Blue Poles: Would You Pay $1.3m For This?

Whitlam’s approval of a National Gallery decision to buy Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles for over a million dollars sent the media into a frenzy over wasteful spending.

By the 21st century, Blue Poles was estimated to be worth at least $40 million. It is one of the National Gallery’s most popular exhibits.

Herald, December 17, 1973