Guy Peels $120,000 Banana off Gallery Wall and Eats It | 22 Words
Pretty similar huh? Well that’s art for you. I don’t know what the banana is supposed to symbolize, and to be honest with you, I really don’t care. But it doesn’t symbolize much anymore. Oh no. The banana was gaffer taped to a wall in the gallery. That is until it was eaten.

Art. What is it? Who knows. I certainly don't.

Andy Warhol was of the first to create ridiculously priced prints of inanimate objects. Campbell's Soup, Coca Cola, an electric chair.

Warhol also created the iconic banana album cover for The Velvet Underground.

Talking of banana's, recently there was a banana gaffer taped to a gallery wall in Miami. It was worth well over $100,000. That is, until, one man pulled it off the wall and ate the entire thing.

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Erm Lucien Freud? Francis Bacon? Sebastian Horsley? No, no, no. I'm gonna start by telling you about John Hamon. Some of you may know him, some of you won't. But here goes.

Why John Hamon?

Okay. So if we're gonna talk about art then you'd probably expect things to start with Da Vinci or Michelangelo or Caravaggio. Or maybe Van Gogh, Picasso, Schiele, or Chaim Soutine. But no, we're starting with Hamon because he, to me, epitomizes modern art. And I mean modern, modern art.

It's just his face.

You see, John Hamon became one of the most talked about artists in the world by doing one incredibly simple thing. He posted a photo of his face across the entire city of Paris, accompanied by his name.

It got people talking.

On almost every street and building in Paris there was a poster with his passport picture and his name. And that was it. Everyone was talking about him. Who is John Hamon? What does it mean? Should I know about this guy?

He became huge.

The poster worked. He became a massive hit. Just for that. Is it art? I don't know. But it is undeniably incredible how such a basic stunt can make someone a superstar.

And this is how art is progressing.

Love it or loathe it, this is where art is heading, and this is latest news story just sums it up entirely. Three words: A $120,000 Banana.

Art is expensive.

I should go without saying that art is expensive. I've recently moved into a new apartment and was looking for a print to stick on my wall. Even a cheap copy of a painting will set you back $30 plus. Never mind an original!

Bananas are cheap.

Original art: You'd be expecting upwards of a good few grand depending on the popularity and interest in a certain artist/work. Bananas: Less than a dollar. But what about when said banana becomes art. Oh boy. Strap yourself in we just entered the vortex.

Are you ready?

This is a banana. Sorry for the belittling talk but bare with me.

This is a 120,000 dollar banana.

Pretty similar huh? Well that's art for you. I don't know what the banana is supposed to symbolize, and to be honest with you, I really don't care. But it doesn't symbolize much anymore. Oh no. The banana was gaffer taped to a wall in the gallery. That is until it was eaten.

So what went down?

Well to spectators, a random man came into the gallery, and approached the banana which was being admired by many so called art-lovers. Our hero then grabbed the banana, pulled it from the wall, and ate it. Cya!

He was then escorted out.

Videos show the moment the man was walked out of the gallery and forced to leave.

He was an artist himself.

In actual fact, the man who ate the banana was an artist himself, more specifically a performance artist, and while he was driven out of the gallery, he was not arrested.

And he did not 'destroy' the banana.

Apparently the artwork is still as valuable as ever, after they attached another banana to the wall. Director of of Museum Relations Lucien Terras explained:
He did not destroy the art work. The banana is the idea.

He continued:

This has brought a lot of tension and attention to the booth and we’re not into spectacles, But the response has been great. It brings a smile to a lot of people’s faces.

The gallery owner was devastated.

According to the Miami Herald, gallery owner Emmanuel Perrotin had been preparing to head to the airport when he heard the art had been consumed. He was devastated apparently after returning to the space.

One person tried to cheer him up.

By giving him a banana. You literally cannot write this.

In other news.

I think I'm going to open my own gallery. We'll have all sorts of fruits. Maybe some burgers too. 100 grand a piece. I'm gonna be a millionaire.