Yes. You read it right. It is true that potato is a universal vegetable, loved and adored by millions of people, but are we going a little overhead by selling an image of an Irish potato for 1 million Euros. It is no tell tale and this miraculous incident had taken place an year ago.
The picture though, seems to be that of a very oridinary potato, shot in an allusive black background, but has gone to become the most expensive picture. The image has been captured by Kevin Abosch, and has been captioned as “Potato #345 (2010)”. Kevin is a remarkable photographer, who charges amounts proportional to the selling price of his potato picture, to shoot famous business magnets in the tech industry of the Silicon valley. Abosch has been admired and celebrated for his “iconic black backdrop” portraits, which has become a classic representation of the status of the elite people. The who’s who pay Kevin a staggering amount of around $150,000 for photoshoots and the fee rises up to $500,000, if the pictures are for commercial use.
Kevin’s studio has written about the picture that “Kevin likes potatoes because they, like people are all different yet immediately identifiable as being essentially of the same species,”. They have added “He has photographed many potatoes. This one is one of his favorites.”
In 2015, a wealthy buyer who is very much fond of Kevin’s work and is also a collector had visited the photographer at his Paris home. And at that time, the 162 * 162 cm picture print, which was mounted on a dibond and was hanging on the wall, had caught the buyer’s attention. On enquiry about the rate of the master piece, Abosch stood very firmly on the €1,000,000 amount, equivalent to $1,083,450 USD with today’s exchange rate. The buyer agreed on the price, making it the first single picture of Kevin’s to be sold for such a large rate. Sources say that the buyer is an European businessman.
In this case, the rate is far more than the $6.5 million, that was said to be paid for the photo of a “phantom” by Peter Lik. The sales of this single photography has been placed in the top 20, highest paid pictures of all time. This amount is almost close to the price paid for the “Nautilus (1927)”, by Edward Weston, at a Sotheby’s New York auction, in the year 2010.
The photograph has been taken in three versions. One of the versions have been donated to an art museum in Service, other one adorns Kevin’s private collection, while the third picture has been sold out to the “secret” businessman.