Banana Duct-Taped to Wall Goes For $120,000 at Art Basel in Miami, Wustoo

Banana Duct-Taped to Wall Goes For $120,000 at Art Basel in Miami

Banana Duct-Taped to Wall Goes For $120,000 at Art Basel in Miami, Wustoo

Why didn’t we think of this first?!

A banana duct-taped to a wall at Art Basel Miami Beach fetched the whopping amount of $120,000 on Wednesday, with two more of the editions expected to sell for the same price or more.

The fruity creations were made by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan — who hasn’t contributed to an art fair in 15 years — and presented by the contemporary art gallery Perrotin, which was founded in Paris.

Entitled “Comedian,” the masterpiece consists of a medium sized, ripe banana bought at a local Miami grocery store and a single piece of grey duct tape, according to a statement by the gallery.

The bananas are “a symbol of global trade, a double entendre, as well as a classic device for humor,” gallery owner Emmanuel Perrotin told CNN.

 

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Perrotin added that Cattelan takes mundane objects and turns them into “vehicles of both delight and critique.”

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The artist came up with the idea for the stunning display a year ago, according to the gallery’s statement. “Back then, Cattelan was thinking of a sculpture that was shaped like a banana. Every time he traveled, he brought 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 in painted bronze (before) finally coming back to the initial idea of a real banana.”

Another one of Cattelan’s mind-blowing artworks was his 18-carat gold working toilet entitled “America” which sold for a mere $6 million.

It was stolen from the Bleinheim Palace in England in September by being ripped off a wall. It has yet to be recovered.

That banana might be super easy to swipe if logic follows. Better double up on that duct tape.

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