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US A duct-taped banana art work is selling for $120,000 at Art Basel in Miami

21:30  05 december  2019
21:30  05 december  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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This piece of art is bananas – literally.

Maurizio Cattelan holding a sign: Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan poses during the launch of © MIGUEL MEDINA, AFP via Getty Images Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan poses during the launch of "Arte Generali" by Italian insurance company Generali on Nov. 12, 2019 in Milan.

Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan created a duct-taped banana work that is on display at Art Basel in Miami, according to art market website Artnet.

The price tag? A whopping $120,000.

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If you think the offer is a-peeling, you may be out of luck.

The first edition of the banana art, titled "Comedian," was already sold from Emmanuel Perrotin's gallery, Galerie Perrotin, which has locations in New York and Asia, the site reports, and more editions have also been selling.

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The second edition sold to a man at the annual art festival, the site reports, and Perrotin and Cattelan agreed to raise the price to $150,000 before selling the third edition to a museum.

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USA TODAY has reached out to Galerie Perrotin for comment.

Prior to the reported sales, Perrotin told CNN that bananas are "a symbol of global trade, a double entendre, as well as a classic device for humor," adding that Cattelan turns normal objects into "vehicles of both delight and critique."

The outlet also reported that there are no clear instructions for buyers on if the bananas start to decompose. The Miami Herald reported that owners can replace the banana, as needed.

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Cattelan is the same artist behind the 18-karat solid gold working toilet art work titled "America," which made headlines in January when burglars stole it from its exhibit in Britain's Blenheim Palace, the birthplace and ancestral home of Winston Churchill.

“The piece of art that has been stolen is a high value toilet made out of gold that was on display at the palace," said Thames Valley detective inspector Jess Milne.

He said the theft caused "significant damage and flooding" because the toilet had been connected to the palace plumbing system.

Police said a 66-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident.

In 2016, the toilet was on display at New York's Guggenheim Museum where it was reportedly used by 100,000 people.

Contributing: Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY

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