Kevin Abosch, 46 year old photographer, has recently sold a photograph of a potato for one million euros (which is the equivalent of just over one million dollars).
The photo, which was titled “Potato #345” was originally taken back in 2010. It was part of a series of photos. The photo is a portrait of an Irish potato sitting in front of a black background. He was invited to week’s World Economic Forum in Davos were photographs are typically commissioned for at least $280,000.
When Abosch tells the story of how he sold his most expensive piece of art he said, “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.’” After that, he agreed on a price for the photo a few weeks later with the unidentified businessman.
“Potato #345” became Abosch’s most expensive piece of non-commissioned work.
“Selling your own art is bittersweet,” Abosch said. “You do it for practical reasons and hope that the work brings comfort and joy to its new owners.”
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