facebook
twitter
search
search

Irish photographer sells potato portrait for $1.08M

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   Jan. 28, 2016 at 1:45 PM

PARIS, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- A celebrity photographer said a photo sold to a European businessman for $1.08 million didn't portray any famous figures -- rather, it depicted a simple potato.

Kevin Abosch, 46, an Irish photographer known for his portraits of famous subjects including Malala Yousafzai and Steven Spielberg, said a European businessman spotted "Potato #345" hanging in his Paris apartment last year and purchased the print for $1.08 million -- 1 million euros.

Abosch, who normally charges up to $500,000 for a portrait, said the sale was the biggest of his career.

The photographer said he snapped the photo of an organic Irish potato in 2010 and made three prints -- one for a Serbian museum, one he sold and one he kept for his own collection.

"I see commonalities between humans and potatoes that speak to our relationship as individuals within a collective species," Abosch told the Irish Times. "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."

Abosch's potato picture would be the 15th most expensive photo ever sold if the price is verified.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories