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Damien Hirst Knocked Off Maurizio Cattelan’s Banana

Has the art world gone bananas?

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Mauritzio Cattelan caused a sensation at last year’s Art Basel Miami by duct-taping a $120,000 banana to the wall, titling it Comedian. He sold two $120,000 editions of the work, and raised the price for a third one to $150,000. Known as the art world’s reigning trickster, Cattelan has inspired a series of memes across the internet, including the most recent one, coming from the fellow artist Damien Hirst.

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Hirst said he actually tried to purchase the work from the Cattelan, but he was told a stern no. He also offered to swap it for one of his works, but sadly he was said no again. I was desperate to buy this artwork from Maurizio Cattelan, called “Comedian”, because I love it so much. – said Hirst via his official Instagram page. I asked my friend and curator Francesco Bonami to ask Maurizio if he had an A.P. he could sell me or if he would make me a special one?  – he added.

 

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I was desperate to buy this 🍌artwork 🎨 from Maurizio Cattelan, called “Comedian”, because I 😍 love it so much 💕 I asked my friend and curator Francesco Bonami to ask Maurizio if he had an A.P. he could sell me or if he would make me a special one? I offered to swap it for anything of mine? But sadly he said no! 😭 wahhhh! 💦💦💦💦💦 and then Francesco felt sorry for me and he made me this one as a present and sent it to me! This is it now on my wall and I love it, he said the banana has to point the opposite way hahahahaha 🥰 thanks Francesco and thanks for trying! Maybe I should call you Francesco Bananami from now on!? Big love brother 🍌🎁💜🙏🏼💦☔️🎨🍌🦠🌸 @thebonamist

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Italian Art Curator, Francesco Bonami apparently felt sorry for Hirst and decided to make him the Banana artwork as a present and sent it to him. This is it now on my wall and I love it. – Hirst wrote proudly alongside several images of the banana duct-taped on his wall. He said the banana has to point the opposite way hahahahaha. – Hirst continued, addressing potential accusations of plagiarism, while Bonami posted the images on his Instagram with a title – The Banana is like the Crucifixion nobody has the copyright.

The artist promises to switch in a new banana each week and eat the old one, as per Maurizio Catellan’s instructions.

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