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by Brandon Wenerd on February 2, 2012

In the meantime, here's a really cool story from the New York Times about really, really lucky California graffiti artist who's ready to laugh all the way to the bank with Facebook's IPO. His name is David Choe and he painted the walls of Facebook’s offices in 2005. His payment? Facebook stock, which he felt was “ridiculous and pointless” at the time. So… How much is that going to be worth in the impending IPO?

$200 Million!!!

The New York Times tells the story:

In 2005, Mr. Choe was invited to paint murals on the walls of Facebook’s first offices in Palo Alto, Calif., by Sean Parker, then Facebook’s president. As pay, Mr. Parker offered Mr. Choe a choice between cash in the “thousands of dollars,” according to several people who know Mr. Choe, or stock then worth about the same.

Mr. Choe, who has said that at the time that he thought the idea of Facebook was “ridiculous and pointless,” nevertheless chose the stock.

Many “advisers” to the company at that time, which is how Mr. Choe would have been classified, would have received about 0.1 to 0.25 percent of the company, according to a former Facebook employee. That may sound like a paltry amount, but a stake that size is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, based on a market value of $100 billion. Mr. Choe’s payment is valued at roughly $200 million, according to a number of people who know Mr. Choe and Facebook executives.

So, what's this $200 million masterpiece look like? Here's some photos of the Facebook office from 2007, via Laughing Squid:

Here's some of Choe's other work. It's pretty cool stuff.

H/T: Uproxx