A banana taped to a wall was sold for $ 120,000 at Art Basel in Miami, an international art fair. It’s a work of Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan titled The Comedian, and it’s just a banana duct-taped to a wall. There are three "editions" of this work of art, two of which have already been sold. The third banana is expected to be sold for $150,000.
The author worked on this piece of art for about a year. Each time he traveled, he took a banana with him and hung it in his hotel room to find inspiration. He made several models: first in resin, then in bronze, and then in painted bronze. However, in the end, he got back to the original idea of a real banana.
The author did not explain the meaning of his work. But the owner of the gallery, Mr.Perrotin, told that the bananas were "a symbol of global trade, a double entendre, as well as a classic device for humour."
However, potential owners didn't receive any piece of advice on what to do if the work begins to decompose. "If the banana moulds, a decision on that will be made on site," the gallery said.
The installation has fast become one of the most talked-about works at this year's Art Basel. Many visitors lined up to take a selfie with the most expensive banana in the world.
Don't worry if you don’t have money for such art; you can reproduce it by yourself. Now, on Instagram, you can find different photos of people who try to make the same banana-masterpiece. Banana is the new trend. Some people tape bananas to everything, for example, to sneakers.
We would like to remind you that earlier, someone stole a golden toilet worth $6 million from the Blenheim Palace. This is where the former Prime Minister of Great Britain Winston Churchill was born. It was the sculpture called America by Maurizio Cattelan. It is noteworthy that it was used for its intended purpose. Any visitor of the palace could cope with the need for a toilet with one made of pure gold.