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Man eats RM499,000 artwork - a banana taped to a wall

Man eats RM499,000 artwork - a banana taped to a wall”

A banana duct-taped to a wall went on sale at Art Basel Miami Beach with an eye-watering price-tag.

The banana in question was part of an art installation by Maurizio Cattelan, an Italian artist best known for creating a gold toilet that was famously stolen while on display in London.

There were three editions of this piece, and the third will likely collect the highest price - $150,000. In the same vein as Cattelan's America (2016), this piece offers insight into how we assign worth and what kind of objects we value.

"In the end, one day I woke up and said, 'the banana is supposed to be a banana'".

"He made several models: first in resin, then in bronze and in painted bronze (before) finally coming back to the initial idea of a real banana". Discover it on our booth D24!

In fact, the artist allegedly came up with the idea for Comedian a year ago and spent a lot of time considering every aspect of the artwork, from the shape of the fruit to the angle its been duct-taped to the wall, to the size of the wall itself.

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Global News has also emailed Galerie Perrotin and Art Basel for comment. We're told the gallery is considering pursuing a complaint though.

The gallery, in the meantime, insisted that the piece lives on.

All is not lost for the buyer, who, let's face it, was going to have to deal with the demise of the banana at some point. One of the gallery viewers tried to cheer him up by handing him another banana.

"The banana is the idea", Terras told the Herald.

BTW, the banana has reportedly already been replaced.

A spokeswoman for the gallery that represents Cattelan said they would not be taking legal action against Datuna as the banana was replaced.

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