Man eats $120,000 piece of art - a banana taped to wall

Brenda Watkins
December 9, 2019

Artist David Datuna, who describes himself as a Georgian-born American artist living in NY, posted to his Instagram account on Saturday a video of him taking the now quite ripe banana off the wall, peeling it, and then eating it in front of a crowd of onlookers.

The controversial piece, titled "Comedian", was taken down Sunday at the request of Art Basel's organizers, The New York Post reported.

The piece was "created" by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan and entitled "Comedian".

"This has brought a lot of tension and attention to the booth and we're not into spectacles", Terras said. ICYMI: it's literally just a banana duct-taped to a wall, along with a certificate of authenticity.

Emmanuel Perrotin, whose gallery represented Mr Cattelan at the Art Basel, posted on Instagram that "the installation caused several uncontrollable crowd movements and the placement of the work on our booth compromised the safety of the artwork around us, including that of our neighbours".

A performance artist ate a really expensive snack totaling $120,000 at a Miami Beach, Florida, art gallery Saturday afternoon.

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It's worth mentioning that this is not the first time one of Cattelan's art pieces has gone viral for freakish reasons.

However, it turns out that even by literally eating the artwork, Datuna's actions did nothing to change its value.

The reason it is not destroyed is because art collectors are buying the Certificate of Authenticity, not the banana itself. He added: "Maurizio Cattelan, I love him". After all, Perrotin - the gallery housing Cattelan's banana - had already claimed that they keep a spare in the wings, and assured buyers that they can replace the banana as they see fit.

Peggy Leboeuf, a partner at the Perrotin gallery, told the Herald that a woman in the crowd had thought it was Cattelan eating his own artwork and when she realized it wasn't, she told Datuna: "But you're not supposed to touch the art!"

A spokesman for Miami Beach police told NBC News that the agency has not crossed paths with the performance artist.

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