NICK EICHER, HOST: Remember that banana an Italian artist duct taped to a wall and called it art?
Well, a couple that paid $120,000 for it say they do not have buyer’s remorse.
Maurizio Cattelan’s agricultural masterpiece is titled “Comedian.” And buyers, Billy and Beatrice Cox said—quote—”We are acutely aware of the blatant absurdity of the fact that ‘Comedian’ is an otherwise inexpensive and perishable piece of produce and a couple [of] inches of duct tape.”
But the Coxes said, “Ultimately, we sense that Cattelan’s banana will become an iconic historical object.” And they plan to donate it to an art museum.
A wiseguy pulled the original banana off the wall and ate, calling that “performance art.” But the Cox’s acknowledged, the banana will have to be frequently replaced anyway.
The duct taped banana has been parodied endlessly online. The Tampa, Florida Police Department recently auctioned a chocolate glazed donut duct taped to a whiteboard. The opening bid was $10. But that wasn’t enough. The department set a bidding reserve of $200,000 for the work!
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