Artist Alex Schaefer stood on the corner of Van Nuys Boulevard and Sylvan Street in LA on July 30 working on another oil painting in his series depicting banks on fire as “a visual metaphor for the havoc that banking practices have caused to the economy,” which is what he explained to the police who asked if he was a terrorist. Couple detectives showed up later to his house to further question him. This incident caught the attention of the press and blogosphere. In the aftermath, he put the painting up on eBay. It sold today for $25,200 after 70 bids.