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Offbeat 'Talk of the town': Banana duct-taped to wall artwork sells for $120k

12:55  06 december  2019
12:55  06 december  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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The art world is known for taking the mundane and turning it into something unique and beautiful, but netizens are struggling to justify the hefty $ 120 ,000 price tag placed on “This banana duct taped to a wall JJ’s sold for 120 ,000 at @ArtBasel there are literally NO WORDS for how f**king stupid this is.

Two editions of the banana -and- duct - tape art were presented by French contemporary gallery Perrotin at Art Basel on Wednesday, and both sold for $ 120 ,000 apiece. Artnet reports the first edition was purchased by a French woman and the second edition by a French man on Wednesday.


A banana duct-taped to a wall has been sold by an artist for $120,000 (£91,000).

The installation by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan went on display at the Art Basel Miami Beach exhibition this week.

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The piece was presented Wednesday at Art Basel Miami Beach and is selling for $ 120 ,000, with two other editions of the artwork expected to go for over The idea behind the banana is to represent how bananas are “a symbol of global trade, a double entendre, as well as a classic device for humor

A banana duct - taped to a wall — which bears a cheeky resemblance to Warhol’s iconic 1967 pop art fruit — went on sale Wednesday for a mind-blowing $ 120 ,000 at Art Basel Miami. Sure, that price might seem steep, but another iteration of the strange fruit has already sold for a whopping 0,000.

Organisers say two editions of the work, called Comedian, each sold for around $120,000 (£91,000) - and the price of a third edition has now reportedly been raised to $150,000 (£114,000).

Cattelan previously created the solid gold toilet stolen from Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire earlier this year.

A spokeswoman for Art Basel Miami Beach told Sky News: "After a 15-year hiatus, Maurizio has returned to the international art fair, and we are so fortunate to collaborate with him.

"The banana is many things - a symbol of global trade, a witty double entendre, and a classic device for humour.

"Maurizio takes mundane objects and transforms them into vehicles of both delight and critique."

Art journalist Sarah Cascone said the artwork was the "talk of the town in Miami right now".

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A banana duct - taped to a wall — which bears a cheeky resemblance to Warhol’s iconic 1967 pop art fruit — went on sale Wednesday for a mind-blowing $ 120 ,000 at Art Basel Miami. Sure, that price might seem steep, but another iteration of the strange fruit has already sold for a whopping 0,000.

A single banana duct - taped to a wall by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan intrigued some art aficionados while baffling others. Other editions of the art reportedly sold for even higher prices, the site said. Art Basel is an international festival known for attracting celebrities and art world luminaries looking

The first edition was sold to a French woman, while the second edition was snapped up by Frenchman, according to art market website Artnet.

Cattelan - who picked the banana for his artwork from a Miami supermarket - has reportedly decided to sell the third edition to a museum, with two institutions already having expressed interest.

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He told Artnet he had been working on the idea for about a year and first created versions in bronze and resin.

He said: "Wherever I was travelling I had this banana on the wall. I couldn't figure out how to finish it.

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

Gallery owner Emmanuel Perrotin, who has worked with Cattelan for more than 25 years, dismissed the idea that the artwork is a joke, telling Artnet that every aspect of the work was carefully considered, from the shape of the fruit, to the angle its been affixed with duct tape to the wall, to its placement.

Comedian is sold with a certificate of authenticity and owners can replace the banana as needed, the Miami Herald reported.

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