The famous $120,000 banana: Artist claims it had been done before

Many of us will remember that back in 2019 someone paid $120,000 for a banana duct taped to a wall. Even weirder, that banana ended up in the Guggenheim museum when it reopened after the first Covid lockdown in 2020.

Now, that banana is back in the news as another artist claims to have had the idea first, way back in 2000.

Banana & Oranges (on the left) and Comedian (on the right) - Image: Joe Morford/Maurizio Cattelan

Visual artist Joe Morford has now filed a lawsuit claiming ownership of the idea, a case that seems to have merit as a judge has just ruled it may progress to a court hearing. If you're looking to make something totally original, our art techniques guide is the place to be.


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