BANANA DUCT-TAPED TO A WALL SELLS FOR $120,000 AT ART BASEL MIAMI

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A banana duct-taped to a wall has sold for $120,000 at Art Basel Miami, the international art fair featuring works by acclaimed and emerging artists. Another edition of the concept art is expected to sell for $150,000.

The humorous minimalist artwork comes from Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan and is titled Comedian.

Two editions of the banana-and-duct-tape art were presented by French contemporary gallery Perrotin at Art Basel on Wednesday, and both sold for $120,000 apiece. Artnetreports the first edition was purchased by a French woman and the second edition by a French man on Wednesday.

According to Artnet, after the sales of the first two editions, Perrotin gallery founder Emmanuel Perrotin called Cattelan and they agreed to sell a third edition for $150,000. The website reports that two institutions have expressed interest in purchasing the item. Perrotin could not immediately be reached for comment on whether a sale has gone through.