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$120,000 banana eaten by art gallery visitor, wall vandalized

By Ben Hooper

Dec. 9 (UPI) -- The $120,000 banana duct taped to the wall of a Florida art gallery was taken off the wall and eaten by a visitor -- and another visitor then replaced it with graffiti about Jeffrey Epstein.

David Datuna, a performance artist based in New York, posted a video showing the moment he took the banana down from the wall at Art Basel Miami Beach and ate the pricey fruit.

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Datuna was escorted out of the gallery by security and officials said they don't plan to pursue any charges.

The duct-taped banana, titled The Comedian, was a piece by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan. It was the one remaining edition of the work after two others sold for $120,000 each.

The wall formerly occupied by the banana was targeted by another visitor to the gallery Sunday when a man was recorded using red lipstick to write "Epstien didn't kill himself," a misspelled reference to theories about the recent death of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

Roderick Webber, 46, was arrested on charges of criminal mischief.

Webber's writing was covered up by a piece of white cardboard and a new banana was taped to the wall. Officials said guards are being posted near the piece to prevent further incidents.

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