Some people will buy anything…
Modern art connoisseurs have taken to a rather tongue-in-cheek exhibit at a Miami Beach art festival this week.
A fool and his money are soon parted, as the saying goes – and nowhere is this more apparent than at the Art Basel in Miami where at least two art collectors have already paid an absurd $120,000 for a piece of ‘art’ that amounts to little more than an overripe banana stuck to a wall with duct-tape.
The farcical exhibit, which is appropriately entitled ‘Comedian’, is the work of Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan who reportedly acquired the piece of fruit from a local supermarket.
After going on sale by Paris-based gallery Perrotin, the first iteration of the piece sold to a French art collector for the full $120,000, while a second version also sold for the same amount.
Given the success of the piece, subsequent iterations are set to be sold for even higher sums.
Exactly what will happen to its value once the banana rots away however remains unclear.
Source: NBC News