LOVE ME TENDER
Minsky Finances Incorporated $10,000 Debenture
Oil and gold leaf on canvas
48" x 60"
The debenture was created as both a legal document, which was issued in accord with the regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and as a work of art. As a debenture it was a coupon instrument of ten years at ten percent. In order to collect the interest, the bearer was required to cut one of the coupons (containing the predella scenes) from the debenture each year and redeem it for the interest payment. At the end of ten years, presentation of the central body of the instrument was required to collect the principal. The bearer therefore could have the painting as investment or art, but not both. This painting gathered an extraordinary amount of attention, with articles in The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, Money magazine and Art and Antiques (see the bibliography).