Published: Fri, December 06, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Odd artwork! Banana duct-taped to wall sells for whopping $120K

Odd artwork! Banana duct-taped to wall sells for whopping $120K

Perrotin isn't anxious. Without the artist's certificate of authenticity, he says, the banana is worthless: "A work like that-if you don't sell the work, it's not a work of art". The installation by noted Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, titled "Comedian", was priced at $1,20,000 (Rs 85 lakh approximately), reports NDTV.

You might not think it's an a-peeling work piece, but two versions of this artwork created by Maurizio Cattelan have already been sold. The price was agreed upon by Cattelan and Perrotin, the Parisian gallery in which Comedian was on view during the Florida festival.

So what if a crafty collector dug through the trash for the final unsold edition of the banana or, worse, tried to steal the fruit while visiting the gallery's pop-up at the annual art fair?

Oh, and in case you're wondering what they're supposed to do when the banana goes a bit brown and yukky, they can simply replace it with a fresh one - the Miami Herald reports. His past works include the infamous satirical sculpture La Nona Ora and the recently stolen 18-karat gold toilet titled America.

The outlet also reported that there are no clear instructions for buyers on if the bananas start to decompose.

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The artist was first inspired to make "Comedian" a year ago. Cattelan's latest work has similarly set tongues wagging.

Cattelan is known for sculptures that challenge popular culture.

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

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", hence Cattelan's name for the piece, gallery founder Emmanuel Perrotin told CNN. "Every aspect of the work was carefully considered, from the shape of the fruit, to the angle [it's] been affixed with duct tape to the wall, to its placement in the booth-front and center, on a large wall that could have easily fit a much larger painting", he tells Artnet.

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