"To me it's always been so difficult to put a value on it," said pinstriper Von Franco, upon whom Von Dutch was a key influence. "To me it should be about the artist, their opinion and what they put into it."
But as he and the horde of bidders discovered, whether it's a screwdriver, an oil painting or a louver press, something is worth what someone will pay. Which, it seems, Von Dutch knew all along. A sign he painted for Movie World read "Cash Talks/Bullshit Walks." It sold for $8,050.