A European man bought a photo of a potato—an organic Irish spud—for more than $1 million.
The potato photo, simply called “Potato #345,” sold for 1 million euros last year. It was shot by renowned celebrity photographer Kevin Abosch, who has taken photos of Malala Yousafza, Yoko Ono, and others.
A European businessman saw the potato photo while he was in Abosch’s home in Paris.
“It’s not the first time that someone has bought the art right off my wall,” he was quoted by the Independent as saying.
“We had two glasses of wine and he said, ‘I really like that’. Two more glasses of wine and he said: ‘I really want that.’
“We set the price two weeks later. It is the most I have been paid for a piece of work that has been bought [rather than commissioned].”
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He also explained why he shot the potato.
“I see commonalities between humans and potatoes that speak to our relationship as individuals within a collective species,” Abosch told CNN. “Generally, the life of a harvested potato is violent and taken for granted. I use the potato as a proxy for the ontological study of the human experience.”