In March, Macklemore revealed that he’d bought a painting on Etsy of a nude Justin Bieber balancing a pancake on his you-know-what. Why did he do this? He told TMZ in a video posted Friday that he keeps the painting at his studio as “an investment piece”—but it turns out there’s more to the story.
“I think that that painting is going to be worth a lot of money,” he said at first. Macklemore explained the painting only cost $20 when he bought it. Then, “the minute that the Justin Bieber album went number-one, I’m pretty sure that painting went to about 30, 33 bucks. Do the math, man.”
According to Etsy (warning: NSFW), the painting actually sells for $25. The creator, “Painter of Pancakes” Dan Lacey, describes it on the page simply as “my painting of Justin Bieber, nude, with a pancake.”
While Macklemore’s explanation for his purchase may make him sound like an aspiring investor, the truth came out later in the TMZ interview. In reality, Macklemore bought it as a white elephant gift and the person who won it left it at his studio. Looks like it wasn’t worth too much to him or his white elephant party guest originally, but it seems he’s since grown to see its value. Still, when asked if it inspired his music, he answered, “probably not.”
Dan Lacey did not immediately return Complex’s request for comment.