Written by Rory Sullivan, CNN
A banana, duct-taped to a wall went on a sale at Art Basel Miami Beach this week -- priced at around $120,000. And, according to the gallery behind the work, two of the three editions have already sold, with the last now going for even more.
Entitled "Comedian," the artwork comprises a banana bought in a Miami grocery store and a single piece of duct tape. There are three editions, the gallery said, all of which were offered for sale.
Prior to the reported sale, the gallery's founder, Emmanuel Perrotin, told CNN the bananas are "a symbol of global trade, a double entendre, as well as a classic device for humor," adding that the artist turns mundane objects into "vehicles of both delight and critique."
Potential buyers should note there are no clear instructions about what to do if the bananas start to decompose.
Artist Maurizio Cattelan pictured at a recent event in Milan, Italy. Credit: Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Lavazza
According to a press statement from Galerie Perrotin, the artist first came up with the idea a year ago.sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in - Black read more
"Back then, Cattelan was thinking of a sculpture that was shaped like a banana," it reads. "Every time he traveled, he brought a banana with him and hung it in his hotel room to find inspiration. He made several models: first in resin, then in bronze and in painted bronze (before) finally coming back to the initial idea of a real banana."
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The functioning toilet -- titled "America" -- had been part of Cattelan's exhibition "Victory is Not an Option."
This article has been updated with further sales details.