A banana, duct-taped to a wall went on a sale at Art Basel Miami Beach last week -- priced at around $120,000. And, according to the gallery behind the work, two of the three editions have already sold.
Entitled "Comedian," the artwork comprises a banana bought in a Miami grocery store and a single piece of duct tape. The work, by Maurizio Cattelan, was presented last Wednesday.
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.
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."
The banana piece has inspired plenty of social media users who posted own interpretations of the artwork. Apple, carrot and gummed tape all became the objects of creation.
The performance artist David Datuna ate the banana at around 1:45 p.m. in front of art lovers, according to gallery representatives.
It's reported that the gallery re-taped a new banana to the wall after 2 p.m. the same day.
Organizers had previously confirmed to CNN that the banana can be replaced if needed, as the artist's instructions for the work are "intentionally imprecise." But in a statement last Sunday, the gallery announced that the installation had been removed altogether amid public safety concerns.
"Art Basel collaboratively worked with us to station guards and create uniform lines," it read. "However, 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 neighbors."
Cattelan is known for sculptures that challenge popular culture. One of his artworks — an 18-carat-gold toilet valued at around $6 million — made headlines in September when it was ripped out of a wall and stolen from Bleinheim Palace in England. Five people have since been arrested in relation to the theft. A reward has been offered for the toilet's safe return, though it is yet to be recovered.