This photograph of a potato sold for almost R18m

2016-01-27 13:59

Cape Town - A photograph of a humble potato has reportedly been sold for €1m, equivalent to almost R18m.

According to the Irish Times, the Irish photographer, Kevin Abosch, sold one of the three prints of his photograph to a European businessman who showed interest in purchasing it during a visit to the photographer’s Paris home.

The photograph sold for a non-negotiable €1m, making it Abosch’s largest sale on a single image.

(Potato #345 by Kevin Abosch)

“I see commonalities between humans and potatoes that speak to our relationship as individuals within a collective species. 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,” said the photographer.

The photograph was taken in 2010, when a batch of organic vegetables was delivered to his home.

Abosch’s other work includes photographs of celebrities such as Johnny Depp, Malala Yousafzai and Steven Spielberg and a series of portraits of people from Ireland.

Here are some of the most expensive photographs sold in the world:

Rhein II by German artist Andreas Gursky - $4.3m

Taken in 1999, the photograph depicts part of the River Rhine in Europe. A print of the photograph was auctioned in 2011.


99 Cent II Diptychon by Andreas Gursky - $3.34m

The photograph was taken in 2001 and shows the inside of a supermarket.


“Nautilus” by Edward Weston - $1.1m

This black and white photograph of a single nautilus shell was taken in 1927.

(Edward Weston)

Untitled #153 by Cindy Sherman - $2.7m

This photograph was taken by an American artist Cindy Sherman in 1985. A print was auctioned in 2010.


Los Angeles by Andreas Gursky - $2.9m


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