For this piece, Guo used a 10.2-inch Samsung NC10-14GB and selected the six viruses based exclusively on the mgnitude of economic damage they have caused. The reason for the insane biding is because it is actually a piece of contemporary art called The Persistence of Chaos by internet artist Guo O Dong.
The auction for The Persistence of Chaos is now live with four more hours remaining. It's also isolated and air-gapped to prevent foul play. These viruses were spread via email and file-sharing networks and take the form of worms, trojans, backdoors, and rootkits to infect a system.
Guo told The Verge that the work is meant to give abstract threats a physical meaning, serving as "a kind of bestiary - a catalogue of historical threats".
However, if you somehow see this work of art as a significant historical artefact, then be prepared to fork out a lot of money as the artwork is now on sale for $1.2 million in a bidding war for the prized possession.
A livestream of the art piece is available online, which as of writing shows the laptop on top of small table marooned within a "caution" strip.
A Windows XP-powered laptop holds the world's most unsafe computer viruses all in one place.
"We have this fantasy that things that happen in computers can't actually affect us, but this is absurd", Guo told The Verge. It also caused the NHS in the United Kingdom up to $4 billion financial damages. The attack affected 200,000+ computers across 150 countries, and caused the NHS $100M in damages with further totals accumulating close to £3.16bm ($4bn).