Miami: Well, sometimes modern art takes on dimensions that people can’t quite comprehend.

In a similar instance, a new piece of art involving a banana, has left everyone scratching their heads in shock and wonder. Yes, a banana, duct-taped to a wall, has been sold at the Art Basel in Miami Beach for $1,20,000 or approximately Rs 85 lakh. We are not kidding!

Entitled “Comedian,” the artwork comprises a banana bought in a Miami grocery store and a single piece of duct tape. Presented by Perrotin, a contemporary art gallery founded in Paris, the ‘Comedian’ comes in editions of three, out of which two have already been sold. Here is the picture of it:

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🍌 Maurizio Cattelan's new sculpture 'Comedian' at Art Basel Miami marks the artist's first major debut at an art fair in over 15 years! Comprised of a real banana affixed to the wall with a piece of duct tape, this new work is no different than Cattelan's hyper-realistic sculptures lampooning popular culture and offer a wry commentary on society, power, and authority. In the same vein as Cattelan's America (2016), this piece offers insight into how we assign worth and what kind of objects we value. The idea of this work came to the artist’s mind a year ago. Back then, Cattelan was thinking of a sculpture that was shaped like a banana. 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 for finally coming back to the initial idea of a real banana. Discover it on our booth D24! — Art Basel Miami Beach 📍 Perrotin Booth D24 📆 December 5 – 8, 2019 — #MaurizioCattelan #ArtBaselMiami #ArtBaselMiamiBeach #ArtBasel #Perrotin — Courtesy Maurizio Cattelan.

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The owner of Perrotin Gallery, Emmanuel Perrotin told CNN that the bananas are “a symbol of global trade, a double entendre, as well as a classic device for humor.”

According to a press statement from Galerie Perrotin, the artist first came up with the idea a year ago.

“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.

Well, people on the internet couldn’t stop laughing at the art piece and the whopping amount that the artist made in the name of ‘art’.

Some poked fun by creating their own ‘masterpieces’ by copying the original artwork

The artist has made headlines, previously in September too after one of his artworks, an 18-carat-gold toilet valued at around $6 million was ripped out of a wall and stolen from Bleinheim Palace in England.