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Art collective behind the mysterious Utah monolith sells replicas for $45K

Replicas of the mysterious stainless steel monoliths that have been appearing around the world are being sold online just in time for holidays — but they don’t come cheap. 

The Most Famous Artist, an anonymous collective based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, that has claimed responsibility for the structures in Utah and California, has already sold out of its three 10-foot-tall ‘authentic alien’ monoliths, which were priced at a whopping $45,000 per piece. 

For those looking for a cheaper, albeit still pricey option, made-to-order facsimiles of the Utah monolith are also being sold on Etsy by MakerBuilder to the tune of $10,000, but at least there is free shipping. 

Big gift: People are selling replicas of the monolith that was discovered in Utah’s remote Red Rock Country on November 18 and removed on November 27

Pricey: The Most Famous Artist, an anonymous collective based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, sold three 10-foot-tall 'authentic alien' monoliths for a whopping $45,000 per piece

Pricey: The Most Famous Artist, an anonymous collective based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, sold three 10-foot-tall ‘authentic alien’ monoliths for a whopping $45,000 per piece

According to the seller Niko’s product description, the stainless steel slabs that were going for $45,000 online (presumably a reference to the ones by The Most Famous Artist), are of a lesser quality than the structures he makes.  

‘The “embedded” look of the Utah Monolith was achieved by cutting a precise triangular incision in the soft stone using a gas powered portable concrete saw. You can achieve this look with the same method,’ he wrote. 

The Etsy user claimed that other monoliths are made out of ‘thin low grade sheet steel,’ while his replicas are ‘monument quality.’  

‘Other artists selling these for $45k are being dishonest to people about the hard value of their products, which are only made of cheap sheet steel passed off as having artistic value. It is a rip off,’ he stressed. 

Wow: The group is believed to be behind the monoliths in Utah and California, and it's pricey monolith replicas are already sold out

Wow: The group is believed to be behind the monoliths in Utah and California, and it’s pricey monolith replicas are already sold out 

Did they do it? The Most Famous Artist has shared a number of photos and videos of the monoliths, including what the collective claims are original renderings of the design

Did they do it? The Most Famous Artist has shared a number of photos and videos of the monoliths, including what the collective claims are original renderings of the design 

Conspiracy theory shutdown: 'You mean it wasn¿t aliens?! Monoliths-as-a-service.com,' the group captioned a photo of an artist buffing one of the steel structures

Conspiracy theory shutdown: ‘You mean it wasn’t aliens?! Monoliths-as-a-service.com,’ the group captioned a photo of an artist buffing one of the steel structures

‘In my monoliths, the weight and 7 gauge thickness and quality of the 304 stainless steel and the strength of the welds is plain to see, and the apparent value is visible. My monoliths are almost 1/2 inch thick on all sides!’

It’s unclear how many he has sold so far, but the listing currently says that the handmade monoliths are ‘low in stock.’  

The Most Famous Artist has claimed responsibility for the original structure that popped up in the Utah desert as well as the one that was discovered in California, so it only makes sense that they would try to profit off of the stunts. 

The first unexplained metal monolith was discovered in Utah’s remote Red Rock Country on November 18 and was removed a little over a week later on November 27. 

The mystery captivated the internet, with some insisting it was a leftover movie prop. Indiana Jones, Star Trek, and Mission: Impossible were all made in the area. 

Get your wallet out: Replicas are also being sold on Etsy, but they're still pretty expensive

Get your wallet out: Replicas are also being sold on Etsy, but they’re still pretty expensive 

At least there's free shipping! The Etsy shop MakerBuilder is offering made-to-order facsimiles of the Utah monolith for $10,000 apiece

At least there’s free shipping! The Etsy shop MakerBuilder is offering made-to-order facsimiles of the Utah monolith for $10,000 apiece

Made: 'The "embedded" look of the Utah Monolith was achieved by cutting a precise triangular incision in the soft stone using a gas powered portable concrete saw,' the seller explained

Made: ‘The “embedded” look of the Utah Monolith was achieved by cutting a precise triangular incision in the soft stone using a gas powered portable concrete saw,’ the seller explained  

Claims: The Etsy user claimed that the $45,000 monoliths are made out of 'thin low grade sheet steel' and are 'rip offs,' while his replicas are 'monument quality'

Claims: The Etsy user claimed that the $45,000 monoliths are made out of ‘thin low grade sheet steel’ and are ‘rip offs,’ while his replicas are ‘monument quality’

Others thought it was an elaborate publicity stunt, but, perhaps the most common suggestion, was that the monolith was placed there by an alien species of vastly superior intelligence.

The second monolith popped up outside the Romanian city on November 27, only to be removed on December 2. 

A third ended up at the top of Pine Mountain in Atascadero, California, on December 2. It was taken down on December 3, but it then reappeared on December 4.  

The vertical structures have also appeared in Colombia, the Netherlands, Pennsylvania, and Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. It’s unclear if they all have the same origin or some are copycats. 

The Most Famous Artist has shared a number of photos and videos of the monoliths, including what the collective claims are original renderings of the design.  

Mysterious: The Most Famous Artist's founder Matty Moe has yet to explicitly confirm the group's involvement in the monoliths

Mysterious: The Most Famous Artist’s founder Matty Moe has yet to explicitly confirm the group’s involvement in the monoliths 

Their work? The group has taken credit for the monoliths in Utah and Atascadero, California (pictured), but there have been plenty of others over the past few weeks

Their work? The group has taken credit for the monoliths in Utah and Atascadero, California (pictured), but there have been plenty of others over the past few weeks 

Exiting time: Similar monoliths have suddenly appeared around the world, including Romania (pictured) and Colombia

Exiting time: Similar monoliths have suddenly appeared around the world, including Romania and Colombia (pictured)

Exiting time: Similar monoliths have suddenly appeared around the world, including Romania (left) and Colombia (right)

‘You mean it wasn’t aliens?! Monoliths-as-a-service.com,’ the group captioned a photo of an artist buffing one of the steel structures. 

However, Matty Mo, the founder of The Most Famous Artist, has yet to give a straight answer about the collective’s involvement in the monoliths. 

‘I am not able to say much because of legalities of the original installation,’ he told Mashable. ‘I can say we are well known for stunts of this nature and at this time we are offering authentic art objects through monoliths-as-a-service.’ 

The San Juan County Sheriff’s office and the Bureau of Land Management have teamed up to investigate the monolith placed on federal land in Utah.  

When asked why the monoliths were created, Matty told the out: ‘What better way to end this f**ked up year than let the world briefly think aliens made contact only to be disappointed that it’s just The Most Famous Artist playing tricks again.’   




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