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This Banana Just Sold For $120,000 At An Art Exhibition!

Is this an a-peeling offer?

Isn’t this bananas? Apparently a banana at an art exhibition has taken the peel off everything. The banana, which is duct-tapped to a wall, is selling for $120,000 at the Art Basel Miami Beach this week.

Artnet, a art market research website mentions that 2 of the 3 editions of this duct-tapped banana has been sold for… $120,000. It is the work of Italian artist Maurizio Catellan, who came back to art after 15 years.

Artist Maurizio Cattelan pictured at a recent event in Milan, Italy.
Artist Maurizio Cattelan


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The talk of the town in Miami right now is Maurizio Cattelan’s “Comedian,” a banana 🍌 duct taped to the wall. Two have already sold for $120,000 at Perrotin 😉 read more, including about the banana my husband, @nnddmmyy, hung on his dorm wall for two years, on Artnet News, link in bio @artnet @galerieperrotin @mauriziocattelan @artbasel #art #conceptualart #banana #sculpture #artbasel #artbaselmiamibeach #artbaselmiami #artfair #artgallery #artwork #whatisart #isthisart #miami #miamibeach #florida #miamiflorida #mauriziocattelan #perrotin #galerieperrotin #artist #bananapeel #ducttape #artnetnews #artcollector #vippreview #artjournalism #artjournalist #openingday #artgallery #gallery #artworld

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About the Banana Art

This art piece has been entitled “Comedian.” We think that is fitting in an ironic, because who wants to buy art that can decompose with time?

We will get to the decomposing part later. But for now, Catellan says that this banana is from a grocery store in Miami. Plus it comes with a single piece of duct tape to hold it all together (how quaint).


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His art gallery says that this banana is for sale in three editions. The gallery’s founder, Emmanuel Perrotin, had this to say about this totally bananas piece:

“Bananas are a symbol of global trade, a double entendre, as well as a classic device for humor,”

He’s not wrong, except the joke’s on the buyers (or is it?). Perrotin also mentions that Catellan likes turning mundane objects into “vehicles of both delight and critique.” (whatever that means).

We did say that we will come back to the decomposing part later. Both the artist and art gallery has made it clear to potential buyers that they bear no responsibility what happens once you buy the banana that costs $120,000. That’s not a-peeling at all is it? But what do we know, its art!


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