Dali, peeved, duly painted a naked body beneath the face -- and raised his fee to $25,000. Niarchos, equally peeved, utterly refused to pay, whereupon Dali simply redoubled his price and sold the painting to Niarchos's nemesis, Aristotle Onassis.
Some time later, Niarchos had lunch with Onassis -- and was shocked to find his portrait hanging on his rival's dining-room wall. "All right, how much do you want?" he asked with a sigh. "Seventy-five thousand dollars," Onassis replied.
Niarchos, having paid five times the original fee, took the painting home and buried it in the back of a closet.