Kevin Abosch, an Irish photographer, is known for his works on Yoko Ono, Johnny Depp, Dustin Hoffman and Steven Spielberg.
But his latest photograph isn’t that of a celebrity but of a POTATO! And little may he have expected it to fetch him a million dollars.
A print of the potato was sold to a European businessman for one million dollars. The buyer says he liked the simple portrait named Potato #345.
Should the sale price be verified, it would become the 15th most expensive photograph ever sold.
According to Business Insider, Abosch’s “iconic black backdrop” portraits have become a sort of status symbol among the elites of business and entertainment—the rich and famous pay over $150,000 for a photo shoot with Abosch, and up to $500,000 if commercial usage is included.
“Kevin likes potatoes because they, like people, are all different yet immediately identifiable as being essentially of the same species. He has photographed many potatoes. This one is one of his favorites,” his studio staff were quoted by PetaPixel.
Reportedly, an affluent buyer (who collects Abosch’s work) chanced upon the 162x162cm print mounted on a wall during a visit to the photographer’s home in Paris in 2015 and inquired about the scopes of purchasing it.
The buyer reportedly agreed to pay the pre-agreed price and purchased the photograph, making it Abosch’s largest single-image sale to date.