Man Who Ate $120,000 Banana From Art Gallery Ain't Sorry

Taran Underwood

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You know those signs at museums or art galleries that ask you not to touch anything? We've all been in a position where the 'Do Not Touch' sign feels like an enticing invitation but, it's something you never really act on. However, The $120,000 banana that was duct-taped to the wall of an art gallery was not only taken off... it was eaten!

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It may not sound like more than a banana taped to a wall but, it was recognized as “a symbol of global trade”. The piece is called Comedian by an Italian artist named Maurizio Cattelan. It was a popular tourist attraction at the international gallery Perrotin at Art Basel in Miami. It was worth $120,000 until New York Performance artist David Datuna ate it, saying he was hungry.

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Many were extremely unimpressed by Davids's disrespect. Emmanuel Perrotin, the founder of the gallery, commented on the event: “Maurizio’s work is not just about objects, but about how objects move through the world.”

Well, luckily all hope is not lost just yet. The piece apparently comes with a certificate of authenticity, and whoever owns it can replace the banana. “[Datuna] did not destroy the artwork. The banana is the idea,” Lucien Terras, a director at the gallery, told the Miami Herald.

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David, on the other hand, was escorted out by security but is far from apologetic. "It wasn't vandalism, it was art performance from me and absolutely I am not sorry," Datuna said during a press conference on Monday.

Datuna is actually a big fan of Cattelan and called him "one of the top artists in the world." When asked how he could've possible eaten the banana if he was such a loyal fan, Datuna insisted that he did not consider eating the fruit and recording it to be defacing another artist's work and even called the duct-taped banana a genius idea.

"In this case, it's not like I ate art," Datuna said. "Like the gallery said, it's not a banana, it's a concept. And I just ate the concept of the artist. So I think this is cool, this is fun, this is what art is about."  Well, that better have been one tasty banana. The authorities are taking the case under careful consideration.

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"The gallery took all my information and the police took all my information," David said. "What's going to happen in the next few days, I don't know."

Gwen Stephani was right people... this sh*t is bananas.