Kshs 12 million can do a lot of things in this economy. Buy a house, get a car, pay for some medical bills…. the possibilities are endless! However, this was small change for two art lovers who bought a banana taped to the wall.
The art piece of an actual banana taped to the wall is the masterpiece of Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan. It was on display at a Miami art festival, which attracted the kind of people that have lots of money lying around. The banana was finally sold for $120,000, or Kshs 12 million, at the Art Basel Art Fair.
The piece of fruit taped to the wall was titled “Comedian” and was meant to “offer insight [into] how we assign worth and what kind of objects we value,” according to a statement from the gallery. The banana was actually bought at a Miami store and the art is but is literally a strip of tape and a fruit. Two versions of the art piece were created and sold out immediately. In addition, the artist is expected to create a third version soon, which will be sold for $150,000, or Kshs 15 million.
Asked about the inspiration behind the strange art, artist Maurizio Cattelan had this to say: “Wherever I was travelling, I had this banana on the wall. I couldn’t figure out how to finish it. In the end, one day I woke up and said ‘the banana is supposed to be a banana.'”
Since the banana is a real fruit, opinion is divided on what will happen once it starts to decay. For now, it stays taped to the wall of art lovers who were ready to fork out Kshs 12 million to get it.
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