Thanks, hold your horses, for your vigilance and your attempts to keep the internet clean. I have also sent the hoaxbusters url out to many of my email friends for this and other garbage.
HOWEVER, THIS IS THE REAL THING. Not only does MoveOn document it with footnotes; I saw an article about it in our paper yesterday.
A significant percent of artists has always been supported by the powers that be, whether they are kings, landed gentry, foundations, or governments. An artist's work does not have to "sell" in order to be valuable and worthy of support.