Meet the $1M potato

Kevin Abosch
Kevin Abosch’s potato portrait

A lot of people might feel like Silicon Valley’s favorite portrait artist Kevin Abosch just got away with something. After all, selling a portrait of a potato for $1 million sounds like a joke a not-so-articulate critic of contemporary art might make. But that is exactly what he did (well trade dollars for euros).

Abosch recently confirmed that he had sold a photograph of an organic (of course it was organic, no Monsanto potatoes for today’s collectors!) Irish potato shot on a black background to an unnamed European businessman for €1 million (roughly $1.09 million), the Independent reported.

Kevin Abosch
Kevin Abosch takes a portrait of himself. (credit: Kevin Abosch)

“It’s not the first time that someone has bought the art right off my wall,” he told the Sunday Times. “We had two glasses of wine and he said, ‘I really like that’. Two more glasses of wine and he said: ‘I really want that.’”

But it isn’t even the only potato photograph out there. There are three other versions of the potato print: one in Abosch’s private collection, another was donated to an art museum in Serbia and the third was sold to the unnamed businessman.

“We set the price two weeks later. It is the most I have been paid for a piece of work that has been bought [rather than commissioned],” Abosch added.