Irish Photographer Sells Potato Picture for $1 Million

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Over the years, modern art has made a bigger joke out of itself than any comedian ever could. Everyone with taste knows that its crap, but the “artists” and their wealthy consumers like to pretend that they’re involved in something that is just too high brow for the common man to understand. By flocking to works that are banal and meaningless (i.e., works that most people hate) they get to be a part of a small community elitists, which allows them to feel superior to everyone else.

Case in point, Irish photographer Kevin Abosch, who is famous for taking portraits of celebrities like Malala Yousafza and Yoko Ono, recently admitted that he sold a picture of an organic Irish potato to a European businessman. The photo, which he calls “Potato #345” netted him a million euros, or $1.08 million. The image was only one part of a series of potato photos he took.

He claims the businessman was fascinated by the photo, after he saw it hanging in Abosch’s home in Paris. “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.’ They set the price several weeks later. Abosch is known to court the rich and famous, and routinely sells his photos for 6 figures. Not surprisingly, he was invited to the World Economic Forum in Davos last week.

As for why Abosch was taking pictures of potatoes in the first place, he told CNN that “I see commonalities between humans and potatoes that speak to our relationship as individuals within a collective species…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.”

And that’s how you sell a potato for a million bucks.

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  • Donna

    LOL

    $1,000,000 for a picture of a spud

    there is a sucker born every minute LOL

    a fool & his money are soon parted

    • http://privacy.com MARCUS

      Keep laughing. The converse of that is someone more clever than you sold a picture of a potato and made a fortune doing it….

      • Reverend Draco

        The converse of that is someone less clever than you got lucky, stumbling across someone stupid enough to buy a picture of a potato for a small fortune.

        Fixed it for ya.

        You’re welcome.

        • http://privacy.com MARCUS

          Thanks! Either way, laugh all we want the guys a million bucks richer for his crappy photo.

    • Another Thought Criminal

      I somehow bet the millionaire still has plenty of money.

      • Mr Reynard

        Yupp.. A smart cookie & a stupid cookie ??

  • MrApple

    OK.

  • BW83

    You’ve gotta hand it to the guy, it takes a bit of genius to sell a picture of a potato for a million dollars.

  • Smarty

    At least it wasn’t a picture of “president” potato head. When you compare the two, this fucking idiot got a great bargain !!

  • Stuck_in_Ca

    What an idiot. I have a picture of a potato I would have let go for half that.

  • breakawaymotorsports .

    That is some powerful wine! Must be the same stuff Hillary supporters are swilling… (sorry to bring politics up so early..)

    • Unapologetically White

      The potato started it.

      • Reverend Draco

        The potato date-raped that businessman.

  • Unapologetically White

    Potatoe, potato.

  • Reverend Draco

    Now we know where the term, “You just ran past full retard and went right to potato” comes from. . .

  • Tatiana Covington

    Have you ever read “The Theory of the Leisure Class”?

  • Silverado

    It sounds like something Bono would like…

  • http://www.westwardho.com/ Admin Istrator

    I have a bag of chips that were violently processed and subjected to extreme heat and near desert like conditions, and then to add salt to a wound, salt was added. To top it off they were tossed unceremoniously into a bag, fed down a conveyor, and then put on display like a prostitute in a window in Amsterdam and forgotten until some sleazy kid comes along with 85 cents and a hunger leading to total mastication…, all for 850,000 Euros.

    • sunshine

      What? ONLY 850,000 Euros? You’re getting ripped off, I’ll give you 3 BILLION Euros for that!

  • sunshine

    Reminds me of this: (#22 and 23)

    http://www.rense.com/general32/americ.htm

  • ccambridge

    What’s next, dog poop?!?