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Businessman pays €1m for photograph of Irish potato

There was wine involved.

Image: Kevin Abosch

A PHOTO OF a potato has been snapped up for €1 million (£750,000).

Kevin Abosch, who is based in Dublin and Paris, confirmed to the Sunday Times that the 2010 print was sold to a European businessman.

Abosch is known for photographing famous people including Johnny Depp, Steven Spielberg, Sheryl Sandberg and Malala Yousafzai.

His portraits are commissioned at a cost of €260,000 and above.

He also photographed the Faces of Ireland series at Dublin Airport.

Wine was involved

There are three versions of the potato print in existence – one in Abosch’s private collection, another was donated to an art museum in Serbia and the third was sold to the anonymous businessman.

Abosch 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.’

“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].”

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