What’s more lucrative than Johnny Depp or Yoko Ono? A photogenic potato, at least for renowned celebrity photographer Kevin Abosch.
His “Potato #345” — a simple portrait of an organic Irish spud — reportedly sold for €1 million ($1.08 million) last year to a European businessman, who saw it while dining at Abosch’s Paris home.
The 46-year-old Irish visual artist — who typically charges up to $500,000 for portraits of famous figures — revealed earlier this month that the sale, brokered over a few glasses of wine, was the biggest of his career.
In 2010, Abosch made three prints of the now-famous tuber: one hangs in his private collection, the other was donated to a museum in Serbia, and the third was sold.
But why shoot the humble spud?
***“I see commonalities between humans and potatoes that speak to our relationship as individuals within a collective species,” says Abosch.
“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.”***