Photographer Kevin Abosch can apparently make even a potato sell for some big bucks to the right buyer. The popular celebrity shutterbug has recently sold a photo of a very camera-friendly potato for just over $1 million dollars to a businessman from Europe. Apparently, reports The Spreadit News this Thursday, January 28, 2016, the art lover noticed the portrait of the rounded spud while visiting Abosch’s residence in Paris, and made the purchase shortly afterwards.
Potatoes may be a staple of Irish and American diets, and the primary ingredient in the delicious side food we call French fries, but it seems that a potato can also be put to good use as an art feature. Kevin Abosch has revealed “Potato #345” piece was just vended for an incredibly impressive €1 million this week. The Irish artist, who is known to sell his skillful photos of famous celebrities and other pop culture icons, confirmed this latest sale was his very highest paid photo yet.
Perhaps most ironic about this is that the artwork wasn’t even of a human being, butt a simple spud. Still, it was more than enough to double the cost of the usual price of one of his photographs at around $500,000. The striking sale was reportedly made while Abosch and the European businessman were sitting down and chatting over some drinks.
The now iconic photo of the spud, notes CNN News this week, originates back to 2010. A total of three separate photos of this photogenic potato taken by the 46-year-old visual artist exist. Kevin Abosch obviously sold one, the second has been contributed to a Serbian museum, and the third is reported to be part of the shutterbug’s very own collection.
The reason that Abosch shot “Potato #345” in the first place is an interesting story. And now that the photo has sold for over $1 million ($1.08 million, to be exact), the decision was certainly a profitable one. It appears that the celebrity shutterbug wished to show a connection between humans and the tubers themselves.
“I see commonalities between humans and potatoes that speak to our relationship as individuals within a collective species,” shared Abosch in a statement. “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.”
Given his high price tags, Kevin Abosch is one talented photographer. The celebrity snapshot shooter has taken portraits of a variety of well-known figures through the years, from business gurus and models to actors and culture icons. Once the given sale price for “Potato #345” is finalized, it will result in the image of the beautiful-looking spud being the 15th most expensive sold photo that has ever been recorded. Would you be willing to fork over that kind of money for a picture of this photogenic tuber?