NY man eats Art Basel banana that sold for $120G

Brenda Watkins
December 8, 2019

Performance artist David Datuna shared a video of the stunt dubbed the "Hungry Artist", on Instagram in which he walks up to the banana, takes it off the wall and proceeds to stuff his face with it while surrounded by a group of astonished onlookers.

He is a 59-year-old Italian artist known for distorting the perception of common objects with his work.

An art piece consisting of a banana duct-taped to a wall sold for $120,000. A few bystanders could be heard giggling before a flustered gallery official whisked him to an adjoining space for questioning.

But the kerfuffle was resolved without a food fight.

Photographs by Reuters show people taking photos next to the banana that replaced the original banana in Comedian. Lucien Terras, a spokesman for Galerie Perrotin, told the Miami Herald that the piece is not destroyed.

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An artwork that sold last week for $120,000 and was hailed as "a symbol of global trade" has been eaten, in what might seem a fitting end for something that was an ever-ripening banana duct-taped to a wall. As it turns out, the value of the work is in the certificate of authenticity, the newspaper reported.

"This has brought a lot of tension and attention to the booth and we're not into spectacles", Terras added.

"You're not supposed to touch the art!", Shouted a dismayed spectator, according to a witness, Peggy Leboeuf, partner of the Perrotin Gallery.

The piece, titled "The Comedian", was created by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, who is behind an 18-carat gold toilet offered to President Trump earlier this year. Sign up here and stay on top of the latest money, news and tech news.

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